On Friday, Alabama added another key piece to its 2018 recruiting class. What will the Crimson Tide’s latest commit – Tommy Brown – bring to Tuscaloosa, on and off the field?
The nation’s No. 14 offensive tackle in the 2018 class committed to Alabama over Oregon on Friday.
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What is Alabama getting with this big addition? Let’s take a look at the newest Tide commit.
As a football player
Brown has prototypical offensive tackle size as he stands at 6-foot-7 and weighs 320 pounds. He plays at Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.), which is one of the top football programs in all of high school football. Mater Dei actually runs a similar pro-style offense that Alabama runs, so the transition from high school to college should be smoother for Brown than other recruits who come from different offensive philosophies.
Because of his size, Brown is tough to beat around the edge in passing situations. He also shows fluidity with his drives on running plays, too. Brown excels at both pass and run blocking and should be a good fit in Alabama’s offense.
Tommy Brown’s role in 2018 recruiting class
Brown becomes Alabama’s first offensive tackle commitment in this year’s recruiting cycle. Once he picked up a commitable offer in June, him committing to the Crimson Tide was always going to happen. It was just a matter of when.
The 4-star prospect is a legacy. His father, Vince, threw the shot put and discus for Alabama in the early 1980s. Tommy had said all along that if he got the offer from the Tide, it would be hard to turn down.
“Saying no to Alabama would be tough, just like any other school who has offered me,” Brown said. “There is lots of thinking that needs to go into my decision, so I’m going to sit down with my family and talk it out.”
With Brown on board, focus now turns to 4-star offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere, who is the team’s top offensive tackle target. William Barnes, a 4-star prospect, is also high on Alabama’s wish list. Jarrett Bell, a 3-star offensive tackle, picked up an offer from Alabama. Some of the team’s top offensive guard targets include: Jerome Carvin, Emil Ekiyor and Penei Sewell.
The off-field intangible stuff
Brown has always wanted to play for Alabama, so you can guarantee that he’s going to sell other top recruits on what he loves about the Crimson Tide. There’s not going to be any concern about him transferring if he doesn’t receive playing time.