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Posted on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 5:30 a.m.

Eastern Michigan lands three-star offensive line recruit Dwayne Brown

By Pete Cunningham

The Eastern Michigan football team landed a three-star offensive line recruit over the weekend.

According to, Dwayne Brown -- a 6-foot-5, 330 lb. senior out of Warren Central High School in Indianapolis -- verbally committed to the Eagles on Saturday.

Brown told's Allen Trieu that head coach Ron English, running backs coach and former Michigan All-American Mike Hart and offensive line coach Kurt Anderson won him over during an official visit.

"I know they're going to make me better," Brown told Trieu.

Brown also told Trieu that he likes the thought of playing with "the quarterback they have coming in," presumably a reference to EMU commit Brogan Roback, a 6-4, 185-pound quarterback from St. John's Jesuit High School that both and have ranked as a four-star recruit. Roback would be the first four-star player at the Eastern in the 10-year history of the recruiting services. has Brown as the 52nd ranked guard recruit in the nation and of Eastern's 11 commitments for the Class of 2013, he is the only one above a two-star rating besides Roback.

EMU went 2-10 this year and are 10-38 in English's four-year tenure.



Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 3:38 p.m.

Welcome, Mr. Brown. EMU had a down year in 2012, but Coach English is doing things the right way and I expect good things to happen in 2013.


Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 2:49 p.m.

Commiting to Eastern will be the biggest mistake that kid will ever make.

greg, too

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 1:19 a.m.

"but a kid at EMU can and make it from there, as Lang did, and get a fine education as well." A free education is hard to pass up...especially from a good school. And he gets 4 more years to play, which most every high school football player dreams about.

Pete Cunningham

Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 10:08 p.m.

I think if you're big enough and good enough, you will get noticed no matter where you play. English hasn't sent players to the NFL, but that might change with Garrett Hoskins this year. Most players don't make it to the NFL, but a kid at EMU can and make it from there, as Lang did, and get a fine education as well.

greg, too

Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 8:22 p.m.

I like the discussion with the writer. If he is willing to put it up on their site, he should be allowed defend it, maybe with a bit more decorum that some of the other posters that frequent the site, as well. You wish the kid the best and hope he does well enough to achieve whatever he wants, whether it be pro ball or getting an education. But I hope he is not looking at EMU as a pathway to the NFL and is willing to possibly deal with a coaching change while he is there.


Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 8:15 p.m.

Well Pete, if this kid makes it to the NFL, he will lose more than a few games while playing for a losing program. Besides, when did allow their writers to argue with contirbutors in the forums?

greg, too

Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 7:25 p.m.

TJ Lang never played under English. In his 4 years at the helm, English has not sent a single player to the NFL. Batch, Jones, and Walter are all EMU alums, but all entered the NFL prior to English taking the helm. Other coaches had horrible records, but they still produced NFL talent. I think he will like it here in the area. But if he was planning on going pro, this might not be the best place for him to be. If all works right, he's got the size to get noticed and possibly be a late round pick, but playing for a bad team in a middling conference isn't going to help much.

Pete Cunningham

Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 3:19 p.m.

It worked out for offensive lineman TJ Lang, who currently plays for the Green Bay Packers.