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Similarities Between Central Catholic, Brown Solidifies Commitment for Brackney



Central Catholic offensive lineman Sam Brackney

When Central Catholic offensive lineman Sam Brackney committed to Brown University, one of the first people he called to share the news was fellow Class of 2025 teammate Bradley Gompers.

“I called him and he was tearing up when I let him know. We just have a really close bond,” Brackney said.

With Brackney officially announcing his commitment to Brown via X on Monday, he now joins one of his best friends in Gompers – who committed to Duke in June — as they intend on furthering their football careers at high-end academic institutes.

“I really look up to Bradley. He exudes excellence in the classroom and on the field and I really look up to him for that. He’s been my best friend since I was a freshman. We’ve been in all of the AP and honors classes together and I’m super happy for him that he’s going to Duke.”

Like many Central Catholic student-athletes, academics rank highly, and for Brackney, that’s why it was easy to quickly turnaround and commit to the Ivy League program.

“Ever since I was a freshman, my parents have always said, ‘We didn’t send you to Central to play football, we sent you to get an education,’ and it’s the same approach to going to college. Obviously, I’m going to play football, I love football and I’m going to give my all to the football program, but college is all about an education and the fact that the Ivy League has an elite education really solidified it for me.”

Brown extended an offer to the 6-foot-2, 275-pound recruit a little over a week ago on July 1 after attending a camp at the Bears’ program. That time in Providence, R.I. was all that Brackney needed.

“That was my first time on campus, and I loved it,” Brackney said. “Providence is a really awesome place. There’s a sense of family there and it’s a lot like Central Catholic in the fact that when you walk around Pittsburgh and you have a Central Catholic shirt on, people notice that, and it carries a lot of weight and it’s the same thing with Brown. The name carries a lot of weight, and you play for the name on the front at a place like Brown, not the name on your back.”

Brackney’s experience at Brown’s camp linked him with offensive line coach Eddy Morrissey. It didn’t take long for Brackney to take a liking to Morrissey.

“I really liked coach Morrissey,” he said. “I like the way he coaches – he’s super old-school. I could tell that I could really love playing for this guy and he told me, ‘I really want to coach you.”

Morriessey and the Brown coaching staff saw something in Brackney that many other schools didn’t.

“They just love my tenacity and work ethic. A lot of other schools have passed on me because of my height and they just didn’t care. They loved my grit and that’s how we play in Western Pennsylvania, so I figured that would fit in perfectly,” Brackney said.

With Brackney pledging his commitment to Brown, is now working on becoming the best version of himself.

“I’m just trying to be the best Sam Brackney I can be for my team. I want to be the best leader I can be for my locker room because I know if that happens, we’re going to be a really hard group to stop. Just trying to cherish every moment with my brothers,” he said.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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