Updated Mon, Jun 17, 2013 7:08 pm
The top high school football players from Pennsylvania and Maryland met in the annual Big 33 Football Classic in Hershey Park, Pa., over the weekend. Ohio commit Dorian Brown took the field for Pennsylvania, assisting the Keystone State in its 58-27 victory over Maryland in the game known as “The Super Bowl of High School Football.”
A graduate of Baldwin High School in Pittsburgh, Brown led the Pennsylvania squad in rushing during the All-Star Game carrying the ball seven times for 34 yards. Brown saw his first carry on Pennsylvania’s third drive taking a sweep 23 yards into Maryland territory. Later on in the drive he grinded his way to a first down enabling Pennsylvania to add another score. Because of mercy rules, Pennsylvania had to pass a majority of the second half, so his two big first down runs were enough to slot him in at leading rusher. The make up of the game allowed him to show off the skills recruiting coordinator Brian Haines spoke highly of on signing day.
“[Brown] is a downhill runner that has enough speed to get to the edge,” Haines said. “He has top notch blocking and receiving capabilities."
While at Baldwin, Brown compiled 3,293 yards and 33 touchdowns earning All-Southeastern Conference honors three times. He received an invite the Classic after a senior season where he averaged 7.4 yards per carry and scored 12 touchdowns.
After 14-straight years of playing against Ohio (and four-straight losses) the Big 33 Football Classic featured Maryland for the first time. Since its inaugural year in 1957, there has never been a Super Bowl played without an alumnus of the game whose fraternity includes Ben Roethlisberger, Dan Marino, Archie Griffin and Joe Montana.
Brown may someday add his name to the list of great alumni from the Big 33 Football Classic, but for now his next stop is Athens, Oh.. Brown, a member of Ohio’s 2013 recruiting class, joins a running back group in the fall that rushed for 3,040 yards in 2012, headed by Beau Blankenship. The ‘Cats return to Athens for camp later this summer on Aug. 5.