Football recruiting: Top Bay Area offensive lineman commits to Cal Bears
San Ramon Valley's Jackson Brown, a three-star offensive tackle, will play next fall at UC Berkeley.
One of the top linemen in the Bay Area is staying home for college: San Ramon Valley’s Jackson Brown announced his commitment to the University of California at a lunchtime ceremony Monday.
At 6-6 and 295 pounds, Brown, has anchored the Wolves offensive line — one of the best units in the region — the past two seasons. He earned a three-star rating from the recruiting service 247Sports, which considered him the No. 97 prospect in California and the No. 133 offensive tackle in the nation in the Class of 2022.
— Jackson Brown (@jacksonbrown_77) August 30, 2021
“Of any player in Northern California, regardless of position, he’s the player I’m most eager to see this fall,” 247Sports national recruiting editor Brandon Huffman said. “He was a relative unknown. He had a couple of offers. He was still kind of raw, but you could see the flashes, and then his junior year was really solid. Now I’m fully expecting him to be, well, kind of a dude. He’s continued to grow into his body. The feedback from college coaches has been pretty positive.”
Brown received scholarship offers from 25 programs before deciding to stay 20 miles from home. At a ceremony outside his high school Monday afternoon, Brown thanked every program that showed interest in him but ultimately donned the Berkeley blue cap with a California gold script logo.
Brown also acknowledged his late father, Tony, who played at the University of Pittsburgh. The Panthers offered Brown and eventually earned an official visit, but Brown opted to stay close to home. Hats of Pittsburgh, Virginia, Cincinnati, Colorado and Arizona also made the table.
At Cal, Brown will be joined by a number of other local products, including former San Ramon Valley teammate Colin Moroney, who was the Wolves’ top lineman when Brown was a sophomore.
The Bears roster includes 23 players with Bay Area ties. Most recently, Cal added De La Salle’s LuMagia Hearns and Moreau Catholic’s Kaleb Elarms-Orr in the Class of 2021.
— Jack Quigley (@_jackquigley8) August 30, 2021