Noah Brown, from the same hometown as baller Chris Jent, becomes 18th member for 2014

Ohio State football program netted its 18th verbal commitment for the class of 2014 when Noah Brown pledged his allegiance to head coach Urban Meyer and Buckeye Nation after a weekend visit to the Columbus campus.

Noah Brown, with ball. ( Photo)

Noah Brown, with ball. ( Photo)

Brown, a 6-foot-2, 212-pound athlete/running back/wide receiver/Spanish tutor/hallway monitor from Pope John XXII High School in Sparta, N.J., currently receives a four-star rating by all three of the major recruiting websites.

According to, Brown is the ninth-best athlete in the country, while tabs him at No. 14.

A senior at Pope John, Brown will play wide receiver for the Buckeyes. Given his height and weight, he’ll be a terror on opposing defensive backs.

With Brown on board, the 2014 recruiting class consists of 18 with ATH/RB/WR Curtis Samuel from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, N.Y.; OG Demetrius Knox from All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Tex.; OT Jamarco Jones from De La Salle Institute in Chicago, Ill.; WR Terry McLaurin from Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Ind.; QB Stephen Collier from Lee County High School in Leesburg, Ga.; DE Jalyn Holmes from Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, Va.; K/P Sean Nuernberger from Oldham County High School in Buckner, Ky.; OLB Dante Booker from St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School in Akron, Ohio; ATH Lonnie Johnson (6-3, 190) from West Side High School in Gary, Ind.; OLB Kyle Berger (6-3, 215) from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio; S/LB Sam Hubbard (6-6, 220) from Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio; DE Dylan Thompson (6-5, 270) from Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, Ill.; OT Kyle Trout (6-6, 285) from Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Ohio; RB/WR Parris Campbell (6-0, 179) from St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School in Akron, Ohio; CB Damon Webb (5-10, 180) Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Mich.; and OG Marcelys Jones (6-5, 325) from Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio.