Out of high school, Orlando Brown held offers from a handful of elite schools as a 3-star offensive lineman. Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, and Ohio State are just few of the names included on the list of potential landing spots. However, the son of the late NFL player, Orlando "Zeus" Brown opted for Tennessee, committing almost a year ahead of National Signing Day.
Continuing to hold strong as a future Volunteer, Brown shocked the recruiting world as well as the Oklahoma Sooners coaching staff on signing. Amid a few rumors here and there of the qualification at Tennessee, the offensive tackle sent a letter of intent to Norman.
The action officially made Brown a Sooner who would redshirt as a true freshman. But, as a redshirt freshman the big tackle made his starting debut in the season opener. The occasion marked only the tenth time a freshman has started at the position in Oklahoma history.
Starting every game of the season, Brown was named a Freshman All-American by Sporting News.