Tommy Brown, the top-rated offensive tackle prospect in California for the 2018 recruiting cycle, has undoubtedly caught the attention of colleges from across the country midway through his junior season.
The 6-foot-7, 320-pound lineman from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei plays true to his size and seals the edge well, showing power and strength in the run game but also the athleticism to keep defenders in front of him in pass protection.
"With Michigan, I had only talked to them the day before they offered," Brown told Scout.com. "They told me coach (Jedd) Fisch would be swinging by practice. He was able to talk to coach (Bruce) Rollison and told him they were offering me. Right after that, I was able to get to my phone and then found out Mississippi State was offering as well.
"Michigan is really big. Coach (Jim) Harbaugh has always won wherever he has gone and he's a cool guy. You can see that personality on social media. The whole coaching staff is fun and I can't wait to get out there on a visit."
The two new additions brought Brown's offer list to double digits and it will likely only balloon after junior tape gets out following the season. UCLA is a local offer that sticks out early in the process, especially since the Bruins have some influence from Brown's offensive line coach at Mater Dei, Chris Ward.
"Coach Ward was at UCLA for a couple years and right now I'm definitely feeling them out," Brown said. "It's Los Angeles, so I know the town. I'm just seeing how the coaches are and how they keep doing. I don't really hear the pitches from my Quentin (Lake), who is committed there, but I get that more from his mom."
Brown added that he's really enjoying the recruiting process at the moment and does not have a plan to make an early decision.
"Some schools are pushing, so I'm just waiting to see what happens," Brown said. "I'm not going to decide until I take my five official visits. It's a waiting game to see what comes in."
One of those schools that could have a significant impact in Brown's thinking would be Alabama, where his father graduated from.
"Alabama has been showing a lot of interest," Brown said. "When I was out there, we had a lot of fun at camp. It was supposed to be a two-part event. I did the first part, got done with one-on-ones and then coach (Brent) Key, the newest offensive line coach there, asked me if I wanted to keep going or if I wanted to see the campus. I took the campus tour because my dad, an Alabama grad, wanted to see how much it's changed since he was there. It's a dream school. I've grown up watching them. That's the one that has been showing interest but hasn't offered along with Notre Dame. I was there for the Stanford game. It was a pretty awesome gameday atmosphere that you can't get down here in Los Angeles."