Antioch (Tenn.) running back Preston Brown has decided to go away from home to play his college football.
The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder committed to Oklahoma State ahead of offers from Middle Tennessee, Tennessee and Tennessee State.
Brown confirmed his decision in an interview with Rivals.com on Thursday night.
He visited the Stillwater campus a couple of weeks ago.
"It was real nice," Brown said. "One of the things I wanted to do was get away from home so I can stay away from trouble. This will help me do that."
Brown was impressed by some hardware that belongs to his childhood hero.
"Barry Sanders is my favorite running back," Brown said. "I got to see his Heisman Trophy when I was out there, so that was cool."
The Cowboys plan to use the three-star rated Brown at running back, cornerback or free safety. He is the 16th commitment for Oklahoma State in the class of 2006.
He also is the second running back prospect, joining highly-touted Michael Goodson of Klein (Texas) Collins.
"I'm not worried about (who else OSU has committed)," Brown said. "Nobody is going to be able to out-work me."
Brown also likes the fact that he will be able to compete in a league like the Big 12.
"It gives me a chance to stand out," he said. "If I go for 250 yards, then people will stand up and take notice. It will open some eyes. This gives me a chance to showcase my talents."
Oklahoma State assistant Jeremy Offutt was Brown's recruiter of record. He is the first verbal commitment for Offutt in the class of 2006.
Brown is rated as the No. 12 all-purpose back in the nation.