Winton Woods senior gets Ohio State offer, makes game-winning shot


Winton Woods senior Dominique Brown rushed for 4,672 yards and 64 TDs his three final years in H.S. (Photo by Nick Falzerano)

Just when it looked like things couldn’t get any better for Winton Woods senior Dominique Brown – they did.

KETTERING – Just when it looked like things couldn’t get any better for Winton Woods senior Dominique Brown – they did.

standout quarterback who led the Warriors to the D-II state football
title in December, Brown was offered a scholarship by Ohio State on
Thursday night. Saturday he scored the game-winning basket as the
Warriors beat Garfield Heights 72-70 in overtime at the Flyin to the
Hoop basketball invitational at Trent Arena in Kettering.

still undecided as to his college football future, showed no hesitation
in keeping Winton Woods’ hoop record spotless with his basket with four
seconds left. The Warriors improved to 9-0 thanks to Brown’s 23 points
and 12 rebounds.

“I was in the right spot at the right time,”
Brown said. “I told my teammates it’s like football basically. This
isn’t really my thing but I want the ball in crucial situations.”

There’s no doubting Brown’s future – it’s football. Where exactly he plays is in question.

Cincinnati verbal, Brown has opened up his recruiting again thanks to
the departure of former Bearcats and current Notre Dame head Coach
Brian Kelly.

“It’s kind of put a lot of pressure on me, because
I wanted that out of my mind my senior year,” Brown said. “That was
going to be the least of my worries, but now that (Kelly) left I’m
opening up my recruiting again.”

Brown has offers from
Cincinnati and Ohio State, which came via phone call at 11 p.m.
Thursday. He also expects offers from Georgia Tech, Louisville,
Wisconsin, West Virginia and Hawaii shortly.

Does he have a favorite?

He says no, but Ohio State was Brown’s favorite team growing up and mention of the Buckeyes offer brings a big smile.

was a (Buckeye) growing up and I told coach my freshman year that I
wanted to go to Ohio State,” Brown said. “Now I’m happy that they
offered me. But when they called it was like 11 o’clock and I was kind
of tired. I had school in the morning.”

It’s easy to see why schools – like Ohio State – are jumping at the chance to snag a suddenly undecided Brown.

three-year starter under center, Brown rushed for over 1,000 yards his
sophomore, junior and senior seasons and ended his final three years
with 4,672 yards and 64 touchdowns.

This past season was his centerpiece.

led the Warriors to their first state title by rushing for 1,985 yards
and 32 TDs. He also threw for 723 yards and seven TDs.

commanded an offense that averaged 42 points in the regular season and
47 in the playoffs. The Warriors were a mirror image of Brown who
turned it up under pressure by rushing for 855 yards and 16 TDs in five
postseason games.

In a 69-35 state semifinal win over Columbus
Marion-Franklin (and Ohio State recruit Verlon Reed), Brown racked up
249 yards and scored seven TDs.

In the state final – a 42-12
rout of Maple Heights – Brown tied D-II championship game records for
rushing TDs (four) and points (24).

The Warriors 376 yards
rushing in the state final was a D-II record. The 633 points Winton
Woods scored this season ranks eighth all-time for a season in OHSAA

“I want to play quarterback in college and certain
schools want to keep me there and certain ones want to make me a slot
receiver,” Brown said. “I’m going to talk to my parents and see what I
want to do, but I want to play my freshman year.”

Ohio State has told Brown they want him to play slot receiver/flanker – not quarterback.

Is that a snag?

“No sir,” Brown said laughing. “It’s Ohio State. It’s not that big of a deal.”

said he didn’t plan to commit until after National Signing Day. He also
plans to take his official visits in February. Where exactly those will
be he didn’t know – except for one. When prodded for where he might
make potential trips, Brown hesitated for the first time all day.

“Uh…no I don’t (know where I’m going to go),” said Brown, quickly recovering: “But I do know I’m going to Hawaii for sure.”

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