Mother knows best right?
That’s what the Stanford faithful are hoping for when it comes to 2018 offensive line recruit Tommy Brown. It may have taken him a bit to warm up to Stanford when he was growing up, but the Cardinal have become an attractive option after he started doing his due diligence.
His mom has made her wishes clear as well.
“I’m definitely interested in Stanford,” Brown said. “My mom has always been at me with Stanford and I’ve not really been interested. After I did some research and looking at schools, Stanford obviously has academics and that’s the thing that would be the hardest for me and I believe I could do it.”
Stanford is also a fond landing spot for her son because Brown’s mother was born in Stanford’s hospital. While Brown has family ties to Alabama – his father threw shot put there – his mother said there is a “family tie” to the Cardinal as well.
The four-star recruit holds offers from Missouri, Virginia and Cal. He also mentioned Alabama as a school that has been on his mind.
Brown was on the Stanford campus last summer. He stopped by during a dead period but was still able to get a tour of the facility. He said the coaches want him to return to campus when he can get the full Stanford experience.
“Stanford would definitely be one of the places I would like to visit,” Brown said.
Brown attends mater Dei High school in Santa Ana, CA, the same high school as fellow Stanford football players David Bright and Curtis Robinson, as well as targets Osiris and Amon-Ra St. Brown. Brown said the St. Brown brothers have spoken highly of their experiences on campus with the Cardinal. For Brown, playing at Mater Dei, a football factory, has helped him keep things in perspective.
“It’s humbling because you’re not treated special because you’re going to the next level. You can look around in your classroom and you can pick out people who are going to the next level and so it just humbles you," Brown said. "It makes you want to work harder because you want to be the best there.”
Brown attended Oakland regional of The Opening on Sunday. While he didn’t advance to the finals, he feels he is “the best left tackle there” and is excited for the opportunity next year as a junior.
“The Opening is always a great place to compete. Going against some of the best guys in the west coast is a great opportunity and showed me that I can compete with the best,” Brown said. “The coaching helped me a lot with my posture and I know that’s what I need to work on and I’ll continue working on it.”
He has also used his spring to see how he fares against his dad in the shot put. He said track and field's conditioning has helped him have a productive offseason.
"Track and field has helped me a lot with football. It’s strengthened up my core for balance and my feet," Brown said. "It’s good to get away from football a little bit and try to compete with my dad."
Brown is still early in his recruiting process, but he knows his priority when it comes to his next school: Getting an education.
“The next level, it comes down to academics," Brown said. "(That) would be the first thing. We don’t all play football as long as we would like to so I want a degree I could fall back on and a Stanford degree would be good for that."