Four-star 2017 Calabasas (Calif.) defensive back Jermani Brown likes the idea of playing in college a lot more than the recruiting process. As a result, he felt like an early commitment was the right move.
Arizona State coach Todd Graham found out Tuesday night that his Sun Devils would be the beneficiary of Brown's viewpoint.
"I've spent a lot of time watching teams in the Pac-12 play and I really like the style of ASU's defense," Brown said. "It's a lot of man to man with the cornerbacks and I feel like it's a good fit for me, that's the way I like to play. I love man to man. I love getting up on the line, jamming, working your feet and your hands, covering a guy all the way down the field, and playing more man than zone."
At 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Brown is the No. 222 overall recruit in Scout's national 2017 class and the No. 6 "athlete" prospect in the West. The Sun Devils are recruiting Brown to play on defense and beat a host of others including Boise State, Michigan State, Utah, and Wisconsin for the pledge.
"Last night I talked to coach Graham and told him I wanted to come to ASU," Brown said. "We were both excited. It was pretty mutual on both sides. He said he likes me at corner."
Brown has 37 tackles with two for loss, eight passes defended and one interception as a junior starter for 9-1 Calabasas, which has a No. 1 playoff seed with its first game of the post-season Friday. He plays at the school with 2017 quarterback recruit Tristan Gebbia, who has an ASU offer as well, and nationally ranked 2017 wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, Jr., the son of former USC and NFL player Keyshawn Johnson.
Earlier this season Brown attended the ASU-USC game in Tempe, which was his second visit to the school. It brought him closer to the possibility of making an early commitment to the Sun Devils.
"I went to watch one of the ASU games and I've been with Team 19, Keyshawn's (7-on-7)," Brown said. "I've been there several times. I love it there. My first time there was really amazing, getting to meet all the coaches and seeing the indoor facility. Then when I went to watch them play against USC, I just loved watching them play, the style of their defense."
Brown said he spent a lot of time in the recruiting process talking with not only Graham, but ASU defensive backs coach Chris Ball and others on the staff. As it stands now, he indicated he doesn't have an interest in continuing to consider other schools.
"I'm committed to ASU," Brown said. "I'll take an official there and as far as now, that's my only choice."
The Sun Devils already held a commitment from 2017 cornerback prospect Alex Perry of Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, Nev., the brother of ASU safety Armand Perry. The younger Perry is also a four-star defensive back prospect, ranked No. 77 overall in the 2017 class. Playing with Alex Perry is something Brown said he's looking forward to.
"That would be a great opportunity for me," Brown said. "Both of us have different talents and to be able to play along with somebody like that would just be good for both of us and the team."