Scouts: Brown should see the field early

Despite some recent turmoil surrounding coach Ron Zook’s future on the Illini sideline, four-star linebacker Keith Brown (Miami, Fla./Norland) decides to take his talented package from Miami to Illinois and has become the program's top recruit for 2012.

The Florida native has both size and speed coveted as a high school linebacker prospect. What makes him such a productive defender is his versatile, athletic skill-set set as the 225-pounder shows the ability to fill with strength and defeat blocks at the point or break down in space and make plays in coverage.

His strong tackling and overall physicality at this stage are impressive and should allow for early playing time at Illinois in their 4-3 multiple defense in which he could actually compete at all three linebacker positions and add immediate depth in situational blitz and nickel packages with his skill-set.

Illinois' second highest-rated verbal is from another Florida linebacker prospect, three-star Tajarvis Fuller (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar), a quick, instinctive playmaker who needs to continue to add bulk to his 6-foot-1 frame.