Recruiting: 2018 wideout Cameron Brown commits to Nebraska

Nebraska recruiting prospects, from left, Tyler Walton, Kamryn Babb and Cameron Brown take in last fall’s Purdue game. Brown announced Sunday that he will attend Nebraska.

LINCOLN — A few plays into Cameron Brown’s Hudl highlight film, he catches a quick pass — known as a hitch route — 5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage.

Nebraska’s latest commit for the 2018 recruiting class spins immediately after the catch, making one defender miss. A few yards later, the St. Louis Christian Brothers College receiver stops, lets another defender run by and hops past him. At this point, standing flat-footed, Brown has a 13-yard gain. Two defenders have decent angles and are gaining on him.

Ten yards later, those defenders are a yard away. But they never catch Brown, who pulls away and leaves them 10 yards in his wake by the time he finishes off a 72-yard touchdown.

The highlight film has more — two pick-six interceptions — that reveal the 6-foot, 170-pound Brown as a two-way prospect.

Brown’s recruiting began to take off this spring after he ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at a Nike regional testing event in Chicago. He announced his choice for the Huskers via Twitter on Sunday. He had offers from Georgia, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois and Duke, among other schools.

“I have given this a lot of thought and now it’s time for me to move on to the next chapter of in my life,” Brown wrote on Twitter.

Coach Mike Riley wrote on Twitter: “The Huskers landed a special one in Missouri!” Riley can’t refer to Brown by name in his tweets.

Brown, part of a bumper crop of prospects in Missouri, did not immediately respond to World-Herald requests for an interview. He is a four-star prospect according to Scout and a three-star according to Rivals and 247Sports. He is unrated by ESPN.

He told 247Sports he picked Nebraska because he felt “at home” during an unofficial visit last fall for a game and because wideouts coach Keith Williams “will help me develop to get to the next level.”

As a junior at CBC — the alma mater of current NU running back Tre Bryant — Brown had 1,023 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. He also had four interceptions. Brown’s teammate, Kamryn Babb, is another receiving target for the Huskers and a top-100 prospect. The two visited for NU’s 27-14 win over Purdue.

NU has 10 known commits for the 2018 class, and Brown is the third true receiver, joining Corona (California) Centennial’s Manuel Allen and Los Angeles Hawkins’ Eric Fuller, who committed to NU in late January and has yet to visit NU. Nebraska has a commit from Corona (California) Roosevelt athlete Chase Williams, but he is expected to start his career at defensive back.

The Huskers likely want at least one taller, bigger-bodied receiver for the class. Targets for that spot include IMG Academy’s Joshua Moore; Schertz (Texas) Samuel Clemens High School’s Tommy Bush; and Long Beach (California) Polytechnic’s Jalen Hall.

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