Thomas talks Sun Devil pledge

The uncertainty surrounding who will be the next head coach for ASU has concerned the Sun Devil nation, but not Thomas Brown. The Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker, who has long being coveted by the maroon and gold gave his verbal commit tonight to ASU wide receivers coach Steve Broussard.

"I know they lost a good coach in Dennis Erickson," Thomas said, "but me and coach Broussard are really clicking and cool with each other. I know I'm going into a good system and everything is going to work OK once the new coach is there. It's a little tough going there knowing coach Erickson isn't there, because he coached my cousin and I know he really liked him.

"I just think everything is going to be smooth once the new coach gets there. I'm excited to see what coach will be in charge over there. All I can do is wait."

This was Thomas' first, and naturally only, season at Serra after transferring from Long Beach St. Anthony's. It was a transition that could have been intimidating for most, but even back in the spring the 6-2 220 pound linebacker took it all in stride.

"I wanted to go to a different environment and a winning program," Brown explained in a previous interview. "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."

Consequently, the linebacker posted 77 total tackles and 2.5 sacks, and on offense scored three touchdowns for the 8-3 Cavaliers. He was voted first-team all-league on defense. 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.

"Coaches like how I play downhill and react to the ball quick," Brown stated. "I'm just a relentless player. I know I need to work more on playing the pass better, reacting quicker when I drop into coverage, and doing a better job reading the quarterback and wide receiver.

"I feel that moving to Serra helped me a lot as a player. I'm faster, I'm stronger and I really thank them for that."

Just a few days ago in a Scout.com interview, Brown listed top three of Arizona State, SMU and Nebraska. He also had offers from Colorado and Utah. The linebacker visited the Huskers on Nov. 5th and plans to keep his visit to San Jose State this weekend. Nonetheless, he doesn't intend to change tonight's decision.

"I'm solid commit to Arizona State and I'm going to visit them in January," Brown commented. "I don't know if the head coach that Arizona State will choose will make me change my mind, but all I know is that I am very comfortable now where I'm at"


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