Sometimes dreams do come true. A young prospect that happened to grow up a Louisville fan has just made his dream come true as Selah Brown has committed to UofL. He will join the likes of Marshon Ford, Jordan Watkins, and Josh Minkins.
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Brown is a 4 Star prospect with numerous power 5 offers that include Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue, Stanford, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and uk, among others. He is ranked as the 326th overall player and 44th at his position per 247sports composite rankings. Cort Dennison and Mark Ivey were Brown’s primary recruiters for UofL.
Selah is a 6’2 251 lbs DL that can play either end or tackle. He is arguably Male’s best defensive player and a terror for opposing offenses. He’s strong enough and quick enough to get in the backfield consistently, getting numerous tackles for loss and QB pressures. Brown is a two-sport star at Male, playing basketball in addition to football.
Reviewing his highlights, Selah should fit into Louisville’s scheme as a DE or DT as he does at Male. While he would be considered undersized at the DT position, the staff likes utilizing undersized players with greater quickness and technique than typical DTs. He actually would probably be considered a prototypical DE in Louisville’s version of the 3-4 scheme.
The attribute that stands out most when watching Brown’s highlights is his burst at the snap. He’s very good at getting out of his stance quickly at the snap of the ball which allows him to beat offensive linemen and get into the backfield a lot. Once there, he’s a very reliable tackler and a big time disrupter.
The strength Brown possesses is allows him to be very efficient at shedding blocks and making tackles. He’s very good at using his hands to disengage blocks violently and get to a ball carrier or QB. This is an attribute UofL desperately needs along their line and Brown will bring that to UofL. It also allows him to bull rush blockers and bully them right into the lap of a rusher or QB in the backfield, and either disrupting the play or making the tackle.
Brown is also deceptively fast for a player his size. It allows him to make tackles even when a play is run to the side of the field opposite of where he lines up. He often uses this speed to get by slower offensive linemen and get QB hurries and sacks. It really does stand out in his highlights.
It’s very hard for offenses to fool Brown with misdirection runs and play-action. He’s extremely patient and has great eye discipline. His patience allows him to let the play develop and then he makes the correct read and attacks a ball carrier or the QB, getting sacks, tackles for loss, or tackles for little gain. To see this in a high school player is encouraging.
The motor Brown plays with is undeniable. He’s always giving 100% every single play and it shows up in how many plays he has a hand in causing tackles for loss, rushed QB passes, and sacks. Regardless of whether he is ultimately the player that records a tackle for loss, QB hurry, or sack, he usually is the player that causes the havoc that allows a teammate to make the play. In other words, his stats may not even reflect his impact on the game.
Getting a 4 Star talent from a school that has historically provided some of the Louisville program’s finest players was a must for Coach Scott Satterfield. He ended up sealing the deal and UofL now has a very talented player at a position of need. I’m not sure where he will ultimately line up. I think he could add some muscle and line up at tackle or he may stay around the same size and line up at end. Regardless, Selah Brown brings a world of potential to the defensive line position and he reopens the UofL-Male recruiting connection. If he can live up to his potential, the Cards will have a great talent and our defensive line will become a terror in the ACC.