Just four years after he began playing football, Tommy Brown committed to the University of Alabama.
Throughout Tommy’s childhood, football was always a significant part of his household. His father was the Athletic Director at a local high school and Tommy grew up attending games. He knew from the start that football had a special place in his heart. Whether or not he would one day play was never a question.
Tommy’s high school experience as an athlete has been different from most. He is a starting offensive tackle for the number one ranked team in the nation, according to the Xcellent 25 Rank on maxpreps.com
“It’s different here at Mater Dei. Every sport is expected to win,” he says.
The pressure to be the best is what helps Tommy thrive. He knows that everyone in the stands and fans watching around the country expect a top-notch performance every week; his goal is to not only meet their expectations, but exceed them.
Mater Dei is 3-0 and the current team secured their spot at the top after beating Las Vegas native Bishop Gorman in week 2. Their 35-21 victory put an end to Bishop Gorman’s 55 game win streak.
As a senior playing in his final high school season, Tommy has only one thing on his mind: winning a state championship. Well, that and working to improve his pass protection.
“So JT doesn’t get hit,” says Tommy. JT Daniels is the quarterback for Mater Dei and a 2019 University of Southern California commit.
Many people wonder what it is about Tommy’s game that attracted the attention of top teams in the nation – he also had offers from teams including Michigan, UCLA, and Florida – after such a brief tenure on the football field.
What is it that captured Nick Saban’s attention? For starters, his size. He is 6’7” and 313 pounds. Combine this with his great footwork and it’s no wonder why he is a 4-star recruit.
But, there’s more to it than just physicality. Tommy has an impeccable natural understanding of the game. When he gets up to the line of scrimmage, he can read the defense in a split second and adjust himself in order to be in the best position.
He secured Saban’s attention, but what put Alabama at the top of Tommy’s list was the bright future Alabama offers for its football players.
“It came down to a business decision of getting developed into a player that can play in the NFL,” Tommy says.
A little-known fact is that Tommy is an avid collector. Ever since he was a child, he’s been collecting pins from Little League All Star teams that play in the World Series (the Western regional takes place near his house).
It’s not far-fetched to say that, a few years from now, children across the nation will be rushing to purchase his NFL rookie card and adding it to their own collection.
Tommy’s Advice: Don’t give up and don’t listen to the haters. There’s a lot of talk but just focus on getting better every day and love the grind.