Fleck calls top recruit Itayvion Brown an 'absolute stud'

The 6-foot-3 Missouri standout has position flexibility.
Author:
Publish date:
Itayvion Brown

Remember the name: Itayvion Brown. 

Brown, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker from Saint Louis, Missouri, is the highest-rated player in the University of Minnesota's 2020 football recruiting class. Brown signed on National Signing Day this week, with his 4-star rating from 247 Sports the highest in the group of 26 recruits. 

Here's the evaluation 247 Sports gives Brown, who is only 18 years old. 

"Tall with a very big wingspan, even for his height. Already has good size and weight with a frame that will allow him to potentially grow into several positions. Primarily a receiver and outside linebacker in high school, but should start out on defense in college. Shows good fluidity and athleticism in space. Tracks the football well in the air and has good ball skills. Changes directions fairly well for a longer-legged player. Can still get faster and more explosive. Main concentration in college will be finding a position full-time. As that is likely to be on defense, he will have a technical learning curve there, but has the physical tools to do it. Must get stronger in order to handle rush-end or linebacker at the Power 5 level. Will need time to develop, but the ceiling is high and athleticism will be too much to keep him off the field."

Brown received offers from more than a dozen other Power 5 universities: Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Michigan State, Missouri, Ole Miss, Purdue, TCU, and Texas A&M.

According to his Gophers bio, Brown led his high school to a state championship as a senior and finished the season with 105 tackles and seven sacks. He also caught six touchdowns as a receiver on offense. 

"We knew that he was going to be an absolute stud. This kid is long, strong, can run. He looks like (current Gopher linebacker) Kamal Martin – a little thinner – but he looks like Kamal Martin," head coach P.J. Fleck said. 

"He's a tremendous athlete, really good football player," Fleck added. 

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-01-18 at 3.17.49 PM

No KAT? No D'Lo? No problem as Timberwolves defeat Pelicans

The Timberwolves were without Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell, but still picked up a (SCORE) win.

Screen Shot 2021-01-23 at 7.53.44 PM

Spinouts, crashes across Twin Cities as snow gets heavier

There have been multiple incidents across the metro area.

Mason Branstrator

Family, friends raising funds for teen soccer standout with spinal injury

Mason Branstrator of Duluth was injured in a skiing accident.

Screen Shot 2021-01-22 at 9.08.16 PM

Tributes pour in after MN Supreme Court justice's daughter found dead

Olivia Chutich died near the campus of Iowa State University.

Image from iOS (96)

Early Saturday fire damages Burger King in Richfield

The fire was reported around 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

Jamal Mashburn Jr. / Gopher Basketball

Maryland hands Gophers first home loss of season

The 17th-ranked Gophers fell to the Terrapins 63-49 on Saturday afternoon.

Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville.

Minnesota Department of Health files lawsuit against Alibi Drinkery

The Lakeville bar has been in the news for defying orders.

Iron Tap snowmobile delivery

This MN restaurant will deliver to your ice house... on a snowmobile

Just in case you work up an appetite fishing on Lake Waconia.

Klobuchar and Trump

Klobuchar reacts to report Trump plotted against his attorney general

The NYT story alleges further tactics to overturn the election.

Related

TCF Bank Stadium

Gophers' 2020 recruiting class enters college football's top 25

The Gophers have 16 commitments so far in the Class of 2020.

Avante Dickerson

Gopher football signs 19 recruits, top recruit not ready to commit

The four-star cornerback is the top-rated player from Nebraska.

Kendall Brown

5-star Kendall Brown trims recruiting list, Gophers on it

Brown is a 5-star recruit who previously attended East Ridge High School.

5 new commits give Gopher football a top 20 recruiting class

Four players who visited on Friday committed to the Gophers.

Big WR recruit picks Gophers over Alabama, Baylor, Texas A&M

Nnamdi Adim-Madumere is 6-foot-3, 225 pounds and Alabama wanted him.

PJ Fleck, Gophers land big-time recruit over LSU, Georgia

Rashad Cheney Jr. picked the Gophers on Saturday night.

Fleck, Gophers land high-profile recruit out of Illinois

Jason Bargy is a 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end.