Tony Brown was an offensive lineman on the great Pitt teams with Dan Marino in the early 1980s. Unfortunately, Brown passed away back in 2010 after a two-year battle with cancer. Brown would no doubt be proud of what happened late Thursday night, as his former college team extended an offer to his younger son, Jackson.
Jackson Brown (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) is a Class of 2022 three-star offensive tackle from San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, California. Brown holds offers from California, Colorado, Colorado State, San Diego State, Florida Atlantic, San Jose State, UNLV and Utah State.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Brown on Friday and he didn’t hide the fact that the news he received from Dave Borbely and Pitt was a very big deal to him and his family.
“This definitely means a lot,” Brown told PSN. “With my dad having played there and they’re giving me the chance to also play for Pitt and honor his legacy would be very special to me and would mean a lot. I have a lot of family still there and letting them see the #72 worn again would be really special.
“I’ve been talking to Coach Brennan Marion for a while because he recruits out here and then Coach Borbely hit me up and called me again yesterday around 3:30 and gave me the news right away. We continued to talk and were talking about me getting out for a visit soon. When he gave me the news, I was shocked and my heart actually dropped and shared the moment with my mom and my brother. I’m proud of myself because I believe I’ve come a long way to earn this offer.”
Pitt offered Brown because he’s a talented lineman and not because of his history to the program. It’s likely he would’ve received the offer earlier but the Pitt coaches had some hesitation about one thing.
“I was surprised when I got the news,” said Brown. “Before, they were saying you’re all the way out in California and we’re not sure about recruiting you if you’re all the way out there. But I told them that I am very interested in you guys and once I told them that, they said Ok, we can recruit and go get you then and pulled the trigger with the offer.”
“They loved me film. Coach Borbely said that I’m one of the most athletic tackles that he’s recruiting and that I have a lot of raw strength that they can develop and build on. He liked my film and same with Coach Narduzzi. Coach Borbely told me that he loved my film and wanted to come get me out of California, same with Coach Marion. They loved how tough and physical I am.”
— Jackson Brown (@jacksonbrown_77) April 19, 2021
It was obvious that despite being on the West Coast, he was very familiar with the current day Pitt Panthers and likes what he sees.
“I know a lot about Pitt, I follow them and have been a fan of their program forever,” said Brown. “They’re a really good team in the ACC conference. Kenny Pickett is a great quarterback and will be really good this year. I’m a Raiders fan and they just drafted Jimmy Morrisey, the center from Pitt. It’s good to know that they have lineman going in the draft because I want to get to the next level and it’s good to see that Pitt and Coach Borbely are developing lineman.”
Although Brown has interest in Pitt, he’s not ready to commit and plans on visiting other programs. He told PSN that he has an official visit scheduled to California (June 10-13) and Colorado (June 18-20). He plans to also make unofficial visits to UNLV, Colorado State and San Jose State.
With Pitt, although it’s not locked in yet, Brown said that he anticipates making an official visit at the end of June.