Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Brown Flips, Joins CBC Teammate Babb at Ohio State

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Brown Flips, Joins CBC Teammate Babb at Ohio State

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TOWN AND COUNTRY * As flashes popped, cameras recorded, tweets twittered and the snaps were chatted, Cameron Brown had only one complaint on the day his dream of signing to play college football came true.

"My face hurts," the smiling Brown said.

"Not as much as it's hurting us," shot back CBC athletics director Rocky Streb with a ruddy smile.

There was good reason for Brown to max out that megawatt grin of his. A senior receiver for the CBC football team, Brown pulled a surprise out from under the table when he fitted an Ohio State hat over his head.

Publicly committed to Nebraska, Brown joined fellow Cadets receiver Kamryn Babb and signed a national letter of intent to Ohio State on Wednesday, the first early signing period for Division I football players. The early signing period runs until Friday. The regular signing period is Feb. 7-April 1, 2018.

"It's exciting. I always had Ohio State in my heart," said Brown, 17. "I didn't know if I was the right fit. I figured out it's perfect for me. I feel like I can play in their system, they run the same one we run here at CBC."

Brown had a monster senior season as he caught 58 passes for 931 yards and scored 13 touchdowns despite not playing in the state semifinal or final with an injury. He was a unanimous Class 6 first-team all-state selection by the Missouri Media and the Missouri Football Coaches Association.

The 6-foot-2 and 175-pound Brown verbally committed to Nebraska twice, but when it came time to put pen to paper he said Ohio State was where he leaned. Brown said he told Ohio State he'd sign with the Buckeyes following his official visit but choose not to make that announcement public. After decommitting from Nebraska the first time in June, Brown received death threats on social media.

"I kept it private, I didn't want to start no drama," Brown said. "I just wanted to wait until signing day to get it over with. …

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