Brown Gets New Look at UCLA

Apr. 9 -- The Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 2017 linebacker, Joshua Brown, the younger brother of Bruin linebacker Jayon Brown, got to see UCLA in a different way on Wednesday, as a recruit himself instead of as the brother of a player...

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 2017 linebacker Joshua Brown (6-2, 225) is plenty familiar with UCLA, spending a lot of time in Westwood the past two years.

Brown’s older brother, Jayon Brown, is heading in to his junior season and challenging for a starting linebacker role with the Bruins after being a special teams star the past two years.

The younger Brown, though, is further ahead of big brother at this stage, with schools already drawn to him after an all-state underclass season.

While Jayon was a late bloomer, not getting any offers until his senior year, Joshua is already on the Bruins radar and on Wednesday, spent the morning on campus taking a tour and making an unofficial visit to UCLA.

“I had a great time and was with most of the coaches,” said Brown. “I talked to Coach (Jim) Mora, Coach Angus (McClure) and Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin).”

It was the second time in less than a week that Brown was on campus, having been there on Saturday for practice and he also took in practice on Wednesday morning.

“It was good and I love seeing them compete,” said Brown. “When Jayon took his official visit, that’s when I got to know the coaches and ever since then, I’ve been attached to them. Coach Brick (Jeff Ulbrich) was the one who first started recruiting me but now its Angus and Coach Mora.”

Brown said that UCLA has been his favorite school for a while and its only been enhanced with his brother there.

“Growing up my dream school was UCLA and USC, but once Jayon went to UCLA, and I go there all the time, that’s been my main school,” said Brown. “UCLA feels like home. Now I’m just waiting on them to offer.”

Brown said UCLA told him to be patient through the eval period.

“I want to play linebacker or a standup rush end that can drop back. I really want to stand up. UCLA wants to see me in the spring and at their camp,” said Brown.

While UCLA would be an ideal situation for Brown, he’s not opposed to other schools.

“I went up to USC’s Junior Day and their linebacker coach said he wants me to come to their camp and I‘m hoping to take a visit to San Diego State and San Jose State. Utah’s assistant coaches started talking to me last week and their linebackers coach wants to see me in person. A lot of schools are wanting to come during the evaluation period.”

Brown plays in the middle for the Jackrabbits and had over 100 tackles as a sophomore on their team last year.

“My coach, Antonio Pierce, wants me to drop down to 215-220 so I can stay flexible and athletic,” said Brown. “I prefer playing in the middle and that’s what I’ve been doing since Pop Warner.”

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