Brown ready for the challenge

Some prospects are content being the proverbial big fish in the small pond, and others realize the bigger picture and its effect on recruiting. Former Long Beach St. Anthony's standout, Thomas Brown, certainly fits the later description and which is why he made a football career move that should yield the desirable dividends.

The 6-2 220 pound Thomas Brown decided to transfer to Southern California powerhouse program Serra High School. It's a move that can easily rescue the talented linebacker from the relative recruiting anonymity he has been to maximum exposure of in a CIF champion team.

"I wanted to go to a different environment and a winning program," Brown explained. "We were 4-6 last year. So I made the transfer to the best school I thought fit me. I know that if I keep on doing what I have been doing and that is working hard, I'll probably excel and play better than I am now. That's what I plan on doing.

"I'm looking forward to playing at a higher level."

Brown was offered last month by Arizona State wide receivers coach Steve Broussard, and thus far the linebacker has been receptive to the Sun Devils' recruitment.

"Things are going pretty good with Arizona State," Brown declared. "I wasn't able to go there for Junior Day but I look forward to going there for the spring game this week and meeting coach Broussard face to face. I know they have a lot of linebackers that are seniors so any linebacker that comes in there next year has a chance to play early. I am very interested in seeing what ASU has to offer and if it's a place that I fit in at.

"From what I know and hear it can really be a good environment for me."

Brown, who is being recruited as a middle linebacker reported a 40-yard dash time of 4.52 seconds, weight room marks of 265 lbs. benching, 395 squatting 395 and 255 in the power clean. He added that he recorded 90 plus tackles as a junior and was voted All-League at the end of that season.

"The ASU coaches like my reaction to the ball," Brown remarked, "and how I know to be in the right position to make plays. They think I'm an all-around athlete."

The linebacker has familiarized himself with the Sun Devil defense, and believes that this is a scheme that can suit his skills perfectly.

"You can tell that their defense is well trained and knows what to do on the field," Brown said. "They were one of the best defenses in the Pac-10 the last couple of years and when you watch them play you can tell how sound they are. I know this defense can be one of the best again this year and I'm excited to learn more about it.

"I really like Vontaze Burfict and he shows you that if you prepare in the film room you can go out and be ready to perform with your god-given talent like he has. Anywhere I go that's what I'm going to do: study hard and be prepared so I can play at a high level."

SMU in Brown's only other offer to date. Oregon State and Colorado have been pursuing the linebacker fairly hard and Brown believes that an offer should be forthcoming from those two Pac-12 foes in the future. He added that he plans to visit that tandem of schools sometime in the upcoming months, but that the Arizona State unofficial visit he is taking this weekend will be his first one to any of the schools recruiting him.

"I might check out Nebraska and UCLA too," Brown commented. "I'm probably going to go the B2G camp and USC's camp too."

Brown doesn't believe he will commit before the season starts as he would like to explore all the options available to him.

"I'm looking for the best environment that fits me," Brown said. "I want to go to a good program but also get a good degree so I can be successful in life. We'll see what program lets me achieve that."

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