Orlando Brown wasn’t sure about playing for Oklahoma.
Originally committed to Tennessee, the massive 360-pound offensive tackle committed to the Sooners only after the Volunteers turned away.
It might have been one of the biggest recruiting victories for former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops during his illustrious career.
Once an afterthought, Brown has developed into an All-American offensive lineman who could emerge as a potential NFL first-round draft pick if he decides to turn pro after this season.
A fascinating story by Jason King of the Bleacher Report details the long road Brown has taken to get where he is today.
Years before a high-protein diet helped him trim to 340 pounds, Brown was a 415-pound high school sophomore who would binge on late-night pizzas and chugging milk before bed.
King details how Brown’s academics have improved. His 1.7 grade-point-average was one of the reasons the Volunteers turned away three days before National Signing Day in 2014. After three years at Oklahoma, Brown carries a 3.0 GPA.
Brown is the son of the late former NFL star offensive lineman Orlando Brown Sr., who passed away in 2011 at the age of 40 without seeing his son develop into a college football star.
“It’s been a long journey,” Brown told Bleacher Report. “My whole mindset is to keep getting better. When you reach a certain status in college football, people are happy if you’re just able to maintain. But I don’t want to maintain. I want to continue to improve.
“There are a lot of people I want to make proud.”
After his first three seasons in college, he certainly has accomplished that feat at Oklahoma.
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