Pitt FB Recruiting
Pitt Showing a Lot of Love to Recently Offered 2025 Texas QB Jax Madden Brown
Jax Madden Brown wasn’t all that familiar with Pitt before his recent visit, which isn’t all that surprising considering he’s a Texas kid who hasn’t really gone too far north, but he certainly learned a lot.
Brown — a 6-foot-2, 180-pound quarterback from Weiss High in Pflugerville, Texas in the class of 2025 — made a visit to Pitt Thursday, checking out practice and connecting with assistant quarterbacks coach Jon DiBiaso.
“It was a really good visit,” Brown told PSN. “I liked it a lot, learned a lot about the football program that I didn’t know previously. I loved the coaches, loved the hospitality. The facilities were great. And it was kinda cool that we got to eat at the Steelers cafeteria.
“I didn’t know much about Pitt honestly before I went up there. And once I got there, I learned that they’re constantly putting out first round draft picks, All-Americans, Hall of Famers, in every class, so I was really surprised by all that stuff.”
Thank you again for the offer to be a Panther and for inviting me up to see a practice and tour the campus/facilities!@Coach_JDiBiaso @Pitt_FB @Coach_Hughes2 @WeissFootball pic.twitter.com/HEjYlVxbhb
— Jax Madden Brown (@jaxmaddenbrown) April 6, 2023
Brown was able to check out a practice Thursday, watching the offensive linemen and quarterbacks specifically, and he thought the offense as a whole operated well.
He liked the way Frank Cignetti approached film study, lauding his business-oriented approach and the way he’s very upfront with not wanting to waste time in anything — on or off the field.
“I thought he was very professional because I knew he had coached for a few other NFL teams before Pitt, and I thought he took that same approach that he did from the NFL into college,” Brown said. “He’s really preparing those quarterbacks for the next level.”
Of course, he’s gotten to interact with and watch Cignetti coach, but it’s DiBiaso who has been his main point of contact since he was extended his official offer on March 4. The relationship began with tons of graphics and messages that were sent to Brown’s coaches, beginning toward the middle of February, and it led to an official offer from the Panthers.
“(Cignetti and DiBiaso) really liked how I was a good decision-maker, and I had a really quick release that they liked,” Brown said. “And they said I looked like a quarterback that they wanted.”
Brown is only a rising junior, entering his first full season as a varsity starter this fall, but he’s been hearing from Pitt’s coaching staff on a daily basis. He’s been shown a lot of love and feels like a priority.
As a sophomore in 2022, in just eight games, he completed 62-of-107 pass attempts for 849 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions. He possesses good size, with a live arm and quick yet effective decision making.
Brown hasn’t been rated by the major recruiting services — 247Sports, Rivals and On3 — yet, which isn’t surprising as he split starting reps as a sophomore at Weiss, but that will change as his recruiting process picks up this summer.
With offers from Arizona State and Pitt, and interest from Baylor, Oklahoma State and SMU, Brown’s recruiting process is going to heat up. He doesn’t have any current plans for the spring, but it’s likely he’ll camp this summer at a number of places — holding camp invites from LSU, Stanford, Notre Dame and West Virginia.
As Brown’s recruiting process does begin to heat up, he just wants a school that shows him love and shows him how he’d be a key piece in the offensive scheme. Pitt has been showing love, and the fact that Pitt was his second offer doesn’t hurt.
“(Pitt is) a top school up there,” Brown said. “They’re constantly showing love daily. That’s what I asked for, and they’re doing their part on that.
“They’re very business-oriented there. They don’t play any games, but then you also have that feeling of it’s a really good brotherhood there and definitely something that I’d to be a part of.”
The class of 2025 is still a ways away from being on the clock, Pitt hasn’t landed a commitment from the class of 2025 yet, but the staff is already identifying targets.
His quick release reminds me a bit of Dan Marino. Good sign.