In April of 2016, the WVU Football program offered a hard-hitting safety from Georgia a football scholarship. On Wednesday’s National Signing Day, 3-star recruit Eugene Brown made it official.
The 6’0, 190 lbs. safety was a versatile high school defensive player, lining up at linebacker, as a single-high safety, in the slot, and in the box as an extra linebacker. It’s a bit of a question where he’ll find a home defensively in Morgantown, but versatility is a welcomed attribute – especially in Tony Gibson’s 3-3-5 stack.
Power and hard-hitting are key elements in football lost on many, but the Mountaineers search for it and use it to their advantage. Take a look at what Justin Arndt was able to do his senior year. As the team’s leading tackler, he delivered the punishment at every opportunity available. Karl Joseph is the pinnacle of safety play at West Virginia, but he’s also the perfect player for Brown to study.
Brown is the next safety in a long line of Mountaineers who can cover a tight end down the seam, but also fly to the sideline to deliver a devastating blow, a la Joseph. Dravon Askew-Henry and Kyzir White should, at the very least, set a good example for the young player during his first season in the program. Another thing to remember is this: Tony Gibson doesn’t care what year you are – if you can play, you’ll see the field.