Three-star linebacker Jahmar Brown confirmed to SEC Country Thursday night that he is joining the 2019 South Carolina recruiting class.
“[South Carolina] just felt like home when I was up there,” Brown said.
He then announced the news on Twitter.
— Jahmar Brown (@Jrock8__) May 24, 2018
South Carolina landed Brown over Miami and Stanford. His offer sheet also included Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
According to the 247Sports composite, Brown is ranked as the No. 44 outside linebacker in the Class of 2019. 247Sports lists him as the No. 22-ranked outside linebacker. Among prospects from the state of Florida, he’s No. 37.
Brown is the second linebacker to commit to the Gamecocks’ 2019 class. The first, 3-star Ahdarrious Gee, is no longer a part of the class. Gee committed in July 2017 and de-committed in February.
The class currently has three other prospects for the defensive side of the ball: 3-star defensive end Rodricus Fitten (Atlanta), 3-star JUCO defensive tackle Jahkeem Green (Highland C.C.) and 3-star defensive end Devontae Davis (Georgia Military College).
South Carolina remains in the mix for a few other 2019 linebackers, including 4-star Kalen DeLoach (Savannah, Ga.) and 3-star Derek Boykins (Concord, N.C.).
What Jahmar Brown adds to South Carolina
At The Opening’s regional stop in Miami earlier this year, Brown was measured at 6-feet, 192 pounds. His 94.92 SPARQ score was 23rd-highest among competitors at the camp.
Brown’s 4.67 time in the 40-yard-dash was second-fastest among linebackers that day. Below are the rest of the numbers he posted, which led to his strong SPARQ score.
- Shuttle: 4.47 seconds
- Power ball throw: 39 feet
- Vertical jump: 32.7 inches
There’s a lot to like about Brown and what he could add to South Carolina’s linebackers room. While he might not have the ideal size to sit in the middle and be a dominant player inside the box against the turn, there are plenty of other things he can do. Plus, that’s not exactly how football is played these days.
In terms of size, Brown is somewhat comparable to South Carolina sophomore linebacker Damani Staley, a former 3-star recruit who was listed at 6-1, 205 pounds coming from Ridge View High School (Columbia, S.C.). Staley has gained about 20 pounds since he joined the Gamecocks last year. Assuming Brown is able to do about the same, he should be just fine.
Staley plays weakside linebacker, the same position SEC Country projects Brown to play at South Carolina. A few quick thoughts, after watching Brown’s junior highlights:
- Seems comfortable playing in space
- Not shy about contact/helping out against the run
- Looks natural dropping into coverage
- Instinctive, smart