DL Donnell Brown Transferring to Maryland

St. Francis (NY) defensive lineman Donnell Brown was only in the transfer portal for a matter of days, but on Monday afternoon, he shut down his recruitment.

Brown announced his transfer to Maryland on Monday to give the Terps a big piece along the defensive line. While veteran Mosiah Nasili-Kite is expected to return, the staff had to replace both Ami Finau and Durell Nchami this offseason and Brown is a big piece to that answer.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end tells Inside the Black and Gold he gave his verbal to head coach Mike Locksley on Monday afternoon despite not visiting in recent days. “Last time, worked in their favor but this time we got it right,” Brown told IBG. “It was just the time to level up and play better competition. It’s 20 minutes away from my house.”

Head coach Mike Locksley made the pitch clear. “His main pitch was me personally, I didn’t want to leave Saint Francis at the time. It was about figuring out what I need to do to get to the next level. They’ve got the resources, the connections. They’ve got everything most Power Fives have to take your game to the NFL.”

In three seasons at St. Francis, Brown posted 99 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. Last season alone, Brown totaled 14.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks en route to becoming a one-time NEC Prime Performer and All-NEC Secont Team selection.

Brown has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

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