Brown Commits To Boise State

Encinal HS S Jonathan Brown (Alameda, CA) visited Boise State over the weekend and hoped to receive an offer from the Broncos. He got that offer just prior to leaving Boise and he committed right on the spot. He spoke to about his commitment to Boise State and his future as a Bronco.

Encinal HS S Jonathan Brown (Alameda, CA) visited Boise State over the weekend and got that long awaited offer from the Broncos. "I was anxious and wondering if I would get an offer," he said. "Coach Pete told me they wanted to offer me when we were eating breakfast and I committed right away. It was a sigh of relief because I had already decided that was the spot for me."

Brown was recruited by Coach (Chris) Strausser. "Coach Strausser recruited me," he said. "He's a really honest guy. He didn't lead me on and I like that," he added.

Listening to Chris Petersen got Brown excited about the future. "He's a fiery guy," he said. "He's as excited about football as me. Made me want to play for him even more."

Jonathan knew Boise State was the place for him as soon as he stepped onto The Blue at Bronco Stadium. "The stadium was beautiful," he said. "Nothing like I have ever been on. The blue turf is magical. I loved it. It's something to see on TV and even better in person," Brown added.

Encinal HS finished a perfect 13-0 this past season. "We were 13-0," he said. "Every senior wishes to go out as undefeated champions. We worked all season long. Do whatever it takes to win a championship." The Jets were the Division Three NCS Champions but didn't get to play for the state championship due to a system that is similar to the BCS in California.

That final game against Novato HS will be one that Brown always remembers. "I told Devonte Pitre (teammate) that I was going to get him into the endzone sometime this season," he said. "I finally did in the last thirty seconds of the game against Novato. He broke open and I put it right there for him. It was a feeling I can't describe." Encinal defeated Novato by a score of 35-28 as they were crowned Division Three NCS Champions.

The accomplishments for Brown and his teammates are even more remarkable when you take into account the fact that were shorthanded all season long in comparison to other teams. "Our coaches really conditioned us well," he said. "We only had around twenty-two guys come out. We knew we'd have to play both ways," he added. Jonathan Brown was a leader on offense and defense for the Jets. He racked up a total of 37 TDs (28 passing and 9 rushing). He threw for over 1,300 yards and rushed for over 900 yards. On defense, he had 93 tackles and 9 sacks. He was a force on special teams as well with two blocked punts.

Those outstanding numbers earned him the recognition of East Bay Outstanding Player of the Year. "It's an attribute to the team," he said. "I'm getting praise because I played QB. I wouldn't have been able to do that without our line giving me time and our defense swarming."

Brown has some goals in place. "I'm going to get a great education and that's important," he said. "My ultimate goal is to play in the NFL and win championships along the way." will continue to have updates on Jonathan Brown.

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