Relationships the difference for Josh Brown

Joshua Brown committed to Arizona due in large part to his relationship with the coaching staff. Read on for more.

One of Arizona's newest signees won't arrive on campus until the summer, but that hasn't stopped Long Beach (Calif.) Poly linebacker Joshua Brown from beginning to build relationships with his future coaches and teammates. 

Brown has kept in constant contact with the Arizona coaching staff and more importantly his fellow 2017 signees. 

"We all have a group chat of the commits for Arizona," he said. "It's actually pretty good for us to be bonding and building friendships.. Normally when you get to campus, you probably don't know many of the guys coming in and have to become friends on the spot. 

"With us talking early, we get to know each other and know where each other comes from and their background. I think that is going to help us build great chemistry on the field."

The six-foot-one inside linebacker recently had to build a new relationship with a member of the Arizona coaching staff when the Wildcats hired Scott Boone to coach linebackers.

"I actually talked to Coach Boone the day before they announced that he had gotten the job," he said. "He had hit me up on Twitter and we spoke about him coaching me. He was there for my official visit and then I had the in-home with him and Coach Yates.

"He covered everything pretty well and got me excited to come in and be ready to play."

It was late in the process for Arizona to hire a position coach, but Brown sat down and talked with his new coach and felt comfortable with what was awaiting him in Tucson. 

"I was still able to build a good coach-player relationship even though he was just hired," Brown said. "He was really up front with me in what he wants to do and what we both want to achieve in the next few years and that's what we are going to do.

"I'm going to put in the work and he is going to teach me what I need to know to be successful."

Brown was originally slated to play for Defensive Coordinator Marcel Yates, but things changed when Boone was hired. Even with the change, the linebacker doesn't think there is much of a difference between the two coaches. 

"Coach Yates and Coach Boone are real similar," Brown said. "They both like physical play and guys hitting the ball. They are both doing the same concepts and things so I don't see any real differences between the two." 

The Wildcats are in desperate need for some depth at the linebacker position and it seems that the coaching staff already knows where Brown will fill in.

"The coaches want me to play inside linebacker and they really like me there," Brown said. "That's my preference and that's what I played in high school. I don't really care though. they can put me anywhere on the field and I'll do what I can to play the best there."

Brown is likely to see some time on the field in his freshman campaign due to lack of depth and the struggles that Arizona saw on defense a season ago. 

"Arizona gave up a lot of points this year and they obviously need some help, "Brown said. "The coaches have said that everyone that they recruited is going to have a realistic shot at playing this season.

"If I work hard and do what I do, then I think I will be in good shape to see the field."

The linebacker signed with Arizona in front of many of his friends and former teammates in a high school celebration on Signing Day.  

"Usually our school has a big thing in the gym," Brown said. "That's what we are doing. We go in and sign in the gym with the whole school watching. It's at noon and I'm kind of excited for it."

With the paperwork officially done, Brown is looking forward to when he can finally get on campus. 

"I'm actually really excited to get to campus," he said. "Tucson is a beautiful city and the people there are great. All of my teammates are nice people and I can't wait." 


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