Class of 2012

Thomas Brown

HometownGardena, CA
High schoolJunipero Serra

Thomas Brown became the eighth recruit of the 2012 class on Dec. 7, 2011, just days after making a soft commitment to Arizona State.

Brown — a three-star, 88-rated prospect according to 247Sports — committed to Nebraska linebackers coach Ross Els.

“I’m really excited because everything fell right into place,” Brown told, a recruiting partner with The World-Herald. “I had a conversation with Coach Ross Els and Coach Rich Fisher. I had a couple days to rethink the decision that I had made and I decided that Nebraska has all the things I need to excel in life and on the field.”

The linebacker starred for Junipero Serra High School, finishing with 77 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two pass breakups.

Brown was recruited by Nebraska since his junior year and said the Huskers were the favorite since he received his offer. He visited Nebraska for the Northwestern game on Nov. 5, 2011.

“After I took the trip Nebraska became my favorite,” he said. “The atmosphere was ridiculous man. I’ve been to several football games and I’ve never been to one that’s been sold out before. The fans are ridiculous and it’s just a great place to be.”

He brings an impressive résumé to Lincoln from Southern California, where he helped lead Serra to the Central Coast Section Division I football title. Brown was a standout on a talented defense that also included Nebraska cornerback target Raymond Ford. Brown totaled 77 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two pass breakups as a senior, and likely would have received more recruiting attention had he not transferred to Serra before his senior season.

Brown is ranked as the No. 18 inside linebacker in the country and the 48th ranked prospect in the state of California, according to 247Sports. Finding future depth and size at linebacker was one of the biggest priorities for the Nebraska coaching staff with the 2012 class, and Brown certainly fit the bill.

Nebraska’s strength and conditioning program was a big selling point for Brown. The linebacker is spending his offseason working out and trying to get bigger for the physical Big Ten style of football. He is a tough linebacker and above-average in pass coverage.

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