Prospect Review: Jayon Brown

It came as a surprise to many when Long Beach Poly (Calif.) linebacker Jayon Brown committed to UCLA. Brown was a pretty unheralded recruit at the time but has had a very good senior season and impressed over the weekend in Poly's playoff opening win...

The Jackrabbits beat up a very solid La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat team in a Pac 5 playoff opener and the Jackrabbit defense played lights out, especially in the second half. Linebacker Jayon Brown had a big game and has had a big senior season.

"He was probably the top defensive player in our league this year," Poly coach Doc Moye said. "He caused 12 total turnovers this season, had five interceptions, three touchdowns and forced seven fumbles. He's a fast, active player and a big hitter for us. He's going to be really good in college."

Brown is a bit of a tweener size wise with the body of a safety but the playing style of a linebacker. He looked about 6-0, 205 pounds and is already pretty well built. He'll be able to add some weight but doesn't really have the frame to carry significantly more mass.

For how UCLA wants to use him, he's actually a very good fit. He'll play the hybrid linebacker/safety role currently played by Dalton Hilliard and Stan McKay and it's a position that fits him very well.

Brown is strong in run support, a very sure tackler but a good athlete as well that can run. He probably doesn't have the overall athleticism to be a full time safety or the size to take on blockers in a traditional linebacker role but in that hybrid position, he should do very well.

"It's a great fit for him, it showcases everything he does well," Moye said. "He fits their scheme really well and I know the coaches over there are excited to have him. Randall (Goforth) is already making an impact there and we're excited to see what Jayon can do as well."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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