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Four-star defensive end Earnest Brown commits to Northwestern over Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, others

This is a huge get for Fitzgerald and his staff.

Earnest Brown a four-star defensive end from Denton, Texas has verbally committed to Northwestern. Brown chose Northwestern over Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Baylor and others. He made his official announcement on Twitter Wednesday:

Brown is a 6-foot-5, 233-pound defensive end from Ryan High School. 247 Sports gives Brown a composite rating of .8936, and ranks him as the 11th best strong-side defensive end in the nation. He's the 44th best prospect in the state of Texas.

Brown is nothing short of a recruiting coup. In addition to Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Baylor, he also held offers from Michigan, Iowa, Ole Miss, Duke, and a host of other schools.

Brown was recruited by running backs coach Matt MacPherson and defensive line coach Marty Long.

His Hudl highlights are available above.

Brown becomes the fifth and highest rated member of Northwestern's 2017 class, joining offensive linemen Sam Gerak and Rashawn Slater, linebacker Blake Gallagher and defensive lineman Sam Miller. The 2017 class is already shaping up to be one of the best Northwestern recruiting classes of all time.