Mater Dei’s (California) Tommy Brown picks up “dream” offer from Alabama

Tommy BrownTommy Brown, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) OT, Class of '18.
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4-star Mater Dei offensive tackle Tommy Brown picked-up his 17th college offer Friday and it may have gone right to the top of his wish list.  The 6-7, 315 pound Brown announced on Twitter that Alabama, his father’s alma mater, offered him a scholarship.

Brown’s father threw the shot put for the Crimson Tide in the 80’s.

Brown told, “It’s a really big offer. It’s always been the school I’ve watched growing up. It’s been somewhat of a dream school, you could say, for a kid who’s been watching them since I was little.”

When I spoke to Brown at The Opening LA Regional, he mentioned that he was looking forward to taking a spring “unofficial” visit to Tuscaloosa.

Brown told’s Greg Biggins that he’s in no hurry to make a decision, “I still want to take my time before I commit anywhere. This offer is a dream come true but I don’t want to rush this. I always said I planned to take all five of my official visits and I want to hold true to that. I don’t want to let the excitement of this offer make me jump on it, I don’t want this to be an emotional decision.

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He told Biggins that right now he knows Alabama and Oregon will be two of his five official visits. According to, Brown also holds offers from Arizona, Auburn, California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nevada, TCU, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Washington State.

Brown and his Mater Dei teammates will be ranked high in the High School Football America Top 100 that will be announced in mid-July. Brown is part of a high-powered offense that returns 10 of 11 starters led by junior quarterback J.T. Daniels, who enters 2017 with 100 career touchdown passes.

Last year, Mater Dei finished No. 14 in the High School Football America national rankings.

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