The 6-6/237 lb. defensive end from the LA Section CIF runner-up made the call to Cal after his visit to the Cal campus last weekend when he attended the Bears morning practice session - along with McClymonds stars Derrick Hill and Joshua Tatum.
Browner had a big junior season for Dorsey, compiling 48 tackles, 14 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries and 6 additional tackles for loss in his 1st team all-league campaign. He’s considered by many to be one of the premier defensive end prospects in the country.
Browner, the son of former Tampa Bay linebacker Keith Browner and the nephew of six time all-pro defensive back Joey Browner, made the decision for Cal (despite the proximity of his father’s alma mater USC) after establishing a strong relationship with Cal’s Defensive Line Coach Ken Delgado, coach Tedford, and some of the Cal players.
Browner cited his friendship with Cal’s new WR DeSean Jackson as a draw for him to Cal. The Bay Area and the Cal campus has become a frequent destination for Browner as he strongly considered Cal and enjoyed visiting campus along with Bay Area relatives, including his uncle who runs a restaurant in Jack London Square.
“I felt it was the right time to commit,” said Browner. I’ve had a chance to see a bunch of practices and how hard the guys work. They’re real focused and I expect the team to continue to be real good.
“It’s a great staff, too,” said Browner. “I’ve gotten to know all of them pretty well, especially coach Tedford and (DL) coach Delgado. They’re just real guys. They don’t just try to tell you what you want to hear. They answer all your questions straight and they don’t try and dog out any of the other programs. I like that.”
“I’m just real comfortable here,” said Browner. “I really like the academics at Cal, too. They open a lot of doors for you in the future, especially considering that the average length of a pro player’s career is just 3 ½ years. Cal’s real solid in their engineering programs, which is a major I’m considering. A degree from Cal can open a lot of doors for you."
In addition to Browner’s standout junior season for the Dorsey Don’s, Browner’s athleticism was further evidenced by how he excelled in track as well, even given his size. He competed successfully in both hurdle events along with the high jump where he had a PR of 6-6 for the Dorsey’s track team.
Browner received offers from Miami, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, UCLA, Colorado, Washington, and had a long list of other suitors before he made his commitment to Cal. Browner will join standout DE Levirt Griffin from Modesto High and DT Mike Costanzo from Monte Vista to form the nucleus of a very solid young defensive line for the Bears.
All are rated in Scout’s Top 50 in the state, with Griffin at #19, Costanzo
at #27 and Browner checking in at #45.
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