Updated Mon, Jul 1, 2013 10:46 pm
The recruiting trail is heating up for Ohio University football, as the program landed its ninth commit of the 2014 class in Curtis Brunson. The defensive back from Farmington (Mich.) High School verbally committed to becoming a Bobcat on Monday, according to Branden Hunter of TheDZone.net
At 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Brunson is rated a three-star cornerback recruit by Scout.com.
Brunson is a versatile athlete who shows solid man-coverage ability, along with quickness that allows him to stay locked on receivers. He has also shown the ability to drop back into coverage and play safety.
In March, Brunson attended the Adidas Invitational, where he earned overall MVP honors for the defensive backs at the camp.
"He had no passes allowed in one on one competition," camp director Curtis Blackwell said to Allen Trieu of Scout.com. "He played with something to prove and showed the ability to play press and off coverage."
Brunson’s performance at the camp earned him a scholarship offer from Toledo. Akron and Illinois State also extended offers to the Farmington product before he chose to accept the Bobcats’ offer.
He is now the Bobcats’ second defensive back and fourth defender of the 2014 class. He joins Jalen Fox, Kent Berger and Jared Brumfield on the defensive side of the ball for Ohio head coach Frank Solich.
Per NCAA rules, commitments do not become binding until a player signs a National Letter of Intent. Brunson will have his first opportunity to do so on National Signing Day, which is Feb. 5, 2014. Until then he may choose to commit to another university without penalty.