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Scout's Take: OLB Baron Browning to Ohio State

OLB Baron Browning, the nation's No. 29 overall prospect, has committed to Ohio State. Below, see why the Buckeyes' defensive staff could deploy this talented prospect in a variety of roles:

What he brings: Browning brings prototypical measurables and the speed and athleticism to match. What places him in the premium category is his well-rounded skillset and ability to make key run stops on or behind the line of scrimmage and also defend in space. He's powerful enough to stack the run and fast enough to chase plays down to the perimeter. He can match up in coverage or pressure the QB as a blizter. Browning has all the physical tools you look for but is also instinctive and disciplined in assignment which is impressive given his variety of roles.

How he fits: This is a three-down linebacker who could play inside or out for the Buckeyes and develop at their strong and inside linebacker positions which should lead to early playing time in Columbus. The first LB committed in this OSU class, Browning has the speed, strength and length along with a coveted scheme versatile skill-set that coordinators Greg Schiano and Luke Fickell will get creative with. He fills a need at the position with current Buckeye standout Raekwon McMillan likely headed to the NFL.

Who he reminds us of: Malik Jefferson (Texas): Browning shares more than just a home state with Jefferson, he possess a rare blend of size, speed and range that the current Texas linebacker also showed at the high school level. Browning actually may have the nod in physicality and is a bit longer.

How this class is shaping up: The Buckeyes have 16 commitments with 15 in the ESPN 300. A No. 1 finish is certainly possible. A quartet of ESPN 300 defensive backs headlines the class in No. 1 cornerback Shaun Wade, Amir Riep, Marcus Williamson and safety Isaiah Pryor. ESPN 300 QB Tate Martell, a former Washington and Texas A&M verbal at different points during the process, is the QB in the class. ESPN 300 receivers Trevon Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey committed on August 22, giving the class two electric playmakers. ESPN 300 defensive tackles Haskell Garrett and Jerron Cage fill needs. ESPN 300 defensive end Chase Young possesses a very high ceiling as an edge-rusher. Another Texan, J.K. Dobbins, is the running back in the class. ESPN 300 offensive linemen Josh Myers and Wyatt Davis could play tackle or guard in Columbus.