When looking at next years defensive backfiled you can be comforted by some of the raw talent returning from last season. What you can't seem to fins is leadership and experience. With the losses of Thomas, Cook, and Shannon there is the potential for other teams to have a field day through the air.
UB has went though most of the 2010 - 2011 recruiting season with no 'firm verbal' in the defensive backfield. That changed today when Rodney McKissic of the Buffalo news announced that UB has received a verbal from Pickerington, Ohio cornerback Mike Brown.
Brown was just one star on a stacked defensive backfield. The takeaway happy defensive backfield included, , and . Four seniors, four Division one recruits.
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In 2009 Brown 62 recorded tackles, 4 sacks, 7 pass break ups, 1 int for TD, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble for TD. Through half of 2010 he recorded 33 solos 21 assists 1 FF, 1 FR, 6 PD, 2 sacks, 1 int for TD.
Brown also drew offers from Eastern Michigan, Air Force, Eastern Illinois Panthers, Cornell, Brown Bears, Indiana State Sycamores, Duquesne Dukes
Brown has corner size with a safety mentality between the white lines. Will likely still get recruited at safety and may project best in a hybrid type role (similar to high school) with added size and strength. Excels in heavy pressure schemes and is a very productive underneath defender. lashes good reactive athleticism and a quick first step. Shows good closing and attack speed coming off the edge and makes a lot of stops near the line of scrimmage. Angles are sharp and direct to the ball, shows little wasted motion. Pursues with a high motor and is a good chaser from the backside. Gets through trash well and is a solid openfield tackler when breaking down in space. Transitions quickly breaking underneath on the pass in front of him and can effectively jam in zone schemes but is not as smooth when flipping his hips to run vertically in man-to-man. Allowed to blitz and come off the edge freely and lacks read and diagnosing experience as a true high-point safety. Marginal size is a concern with his aggressive playing style. Overall, Brown may not possess ideal size and speed measurables on paper but he's a fast and relentless pursuer who could be falling under the radar at the mid-major level for teams who deploy a heavy pressure, attacking defense with hybrid defenders. -- ESPN