Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher landed a critical part of his future offensive line on Friday when Class of 2018 4-star center Verdis Brown made a verbal pledge to play for the Seminoles.
Brown, who is widely regarded as one of the country’s elite centers, took to Twitter to announce his commitment to Fisher and the Seminoles.
— Verdisbrown77 (@verdisbrown) July 14, 2017
He chose the Seminoles over significant interest from Ohio State. He was also being heavily pursued by Michigan, Illinois, LSU, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, UCLA and Tennessee.
Apparently, a visit in the spring to the Tallahassee campus was what prompted Brown to ultimately decide on choosing Florida State. More from Steve Wiltfong of 247 Sports, who spoke with Brown, on why he picked the Seminoles:
“A month ago after I came back home, my family and I talked about it and Florida State was just the one that kept popping up in conversation and the place I kept seeing myself at.”
Brown came back this week and made it official, choosing to play for Fisher, Rick Trickett and Co. over Ohio State and Illinois.
“If you want to become a great football player or person, period, this is the place,” Brown said.
Brown, a 6-foot-3, 294-pound center from Chicago who attends IMG Academy in Florida, is universally regarded as a 4-star recruit and 247 Sports rates him as such. The site ranks him as the No. 190 overall prospect in the 2018 class and the second-best center in the country. 247 Sports also regards Brown as the 36th-best football player in Illinois.
Brown is a strong, stout lineman who can line up at many positions on the O-line, but he does his best work at center. He is great at pushing the line and is a warrior in the trenches. Brown takes his job of protecting his quarterback very seriously and is a determined offensive lineman who does not stop competing until the whistle is blown.
With the commitment of Brown, 247 Sports ranks Fisher’s 2018 class as the ninth-best in the nation and third-best among ACC teams. Brown is the 13th commitment of FSU’s 2018 class, and he will join fellow offensive linemen Christian Meadows and Christian Armstrong in the haul.
Taking into account that 2017 recruit Brady Scott will likely play at tackle this season, there is a path for Brown to make an impact sooner rather than later. Granted, incumbents — including presumed starter Alec Eberle and incoming freshman Baveon Johnson — stand in his way, but Brown has a skill set that won’t be kept under wraps for too long.
Of note, Fisher is recruiting several of Brown’s immensely talented teammates at IMG, and Brown will be sure to try to recruit some of his buddies, including fellow Illinois native and 4-star cornerback Houston Griffith, to join him in Tallahassee.
Florida State is also considered a significant favorite to land the top quarterback recruit in the country in Justin Fields. Hence, there is a good chance that this already stacked class becomes even more special.
There is no reason to suggest that Fisher and Co. can’t challenge Clemson and Miami for the best recruiting class in the ACC.
Either way, Brown’s pledge to the Seminoles is another sign that Fisher is adding elite talent for future championship runs, and that it’s business as usual on the recruiting trail for the Seminoles.