Tennessee landed its 2nd commitment of the day in Cody Brown, a 4-star running back from Georgia, on Sunday afternoon. The addition of Brown comes as the Vols’ 7th commitment over the last week, and the 3rd 4-star recruit. Tennessee also landed 5-stars Dylan Brooks and Terrence Lewis, in addition to Tiyon Evans — the No. 1 overall JUCO running back in the nation over the last few days.
Brown, a native of Lilburn, Georgia, held offers from numerous top programs, including Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, and others. 247Sports composite rates the 6’0’’ 227-pound running back as the 12th top player in Georgia, the 9th best at his position, and the 138th overall player in the nation.
Brown’s commitment to the Vols comes after he visited Knoxville for the University of Tennessee’s Junior Day, on February 1st — prior to the NCAA’s lockdown due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. He also unofficially visited Ohio State on November 23rd and Georgia Tech on September 14th. Ohio State’s Tony Alfred also visited Brown on December 12th in hopes of convincing the Georgia native to commit, but in the end, Tennessee’s momentum was too much for the Buckeyes to overcome.
Charles Power, a national writer for 247Sports, did a scouting report on Brown and found that he had the talent to be selected in the NFL Draft later down the road in his career. “Filled out frame and is very developed physically. Already has considerable muscle mass despite entering his senior year of high school,” wrote Power. “Looks like he doesn’t miss much time in the weight room. A strong, power athlete who has excelled in the shot put in discus, especially relative to his size.”
Power went on to detail Brown’s performance in a talent-rich area of Georgia. “Productive as a sophomore and junior against strong competition in a high classification of high school football in Georgia. Excels as a downhill runner with the ability to run through arm tackles at the second level. Decisive in reading his blocks and doesn’t hesitate in getting upfield,” wrote the national writer. “Flaunts a strong stiff arm and runs with good contact balance. Lacks high level burst and a true top gear in the open field at this point. Projects as a Power 5 starter with the upside to develop into an NFL Draft pick.”
Brown is the 2nd player of the day to commit to the Vols, joining 3-star defensive back De’Shawn Rucker — who committed to Tennessee earlier on Sunday morning. With Tennessee’s momentum coming to a climax, there is no doubt that the Vols’ will have even more additions to their class in the near future.