Four-star do-it-all prospect Prophet Brown (Elk Grove, Calif./Monterey Trail) announced his commitment to USC on Sunday and as usual, the Trojans coaches and staffers were ready to celebrate on social media.
Following Brown’s commitment, he spoke with KCRA sports anchor and reporter Michelle Dapper.
“It’s a great weight off your shoulders to commit and get it out of the way and know exactly where you’re going,” Brown said of the commitment. “For it to be USC is honestly like a dream come true. It’s one of those schools you look up to as a little kid and say you want to go there because you see all the stars and all that stuff.”
Brown excels as a running back, out of the backfield in the passing game, as a kickoff returner and as a cornerback at the high school level. He’ll head to USC as a cornerback, though he’d have the ability to participate in the occasional offensive play and return kicks as well.
“I hope to be that man-to-man lockdown corner, put on the best receiver,” Brown said. “[It’s] always needed at the next level and in the NFL, so hopefully I could come in and make an impact on the defensive side.”
Brown’s lead recruiter at USC was cornerbacks coach Donte’ Williams, who has had a big hand in putting together this class of defensive backs. Brown joins safeties Xamarion Gordon (Downey, Calif./Warren), Anthony Beavers (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne) and Calen Bullock (Pasadena, Calif./Muir) and cornerback Jaylin Smith (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany) in this future USC secondary. All five are rated as four-star prospects and all are among the best at the position in the state.
Upon Williams’ arrival to USC, the Trojans began using the hashtag #TakeBackTheWest to announce their intent to lock down this region when it comes to recruiting, and move USC back to the top of the conference recruiting rankings annually. Each of the past two years, Oregon has landed the Pac-12’s top class. That talk from Williams and the rest of the staff led to some back and forth between other programs, as Arizona State coaches and Oregon coaches have made sure to display publicly their successes in recruiting California.
After landing one of the most sought-after prospect in the state, Williams made sure to point out that this was a big recruiting win for the Trojans.
Offensive line coach Tim Drevno went with an Adoree’ Jackson gif, and it’s not a bad choice. Jackson was a unanimous five-star prospect and a top-10 recruit in the country, so it’d be unfair to compare Brown to him immediately. But there are some similarities between the two.
Jackson was more advanced at this stage on both sides of the ball, but between being three-way threats on the football field and three-sport standouts (football, basketball and track) off of it, it’s easy to make the comparison. Brown runs with that same smooth, easy stride that Jackson had where it feels like they’re somehow running in slow motion while leaving everybody behind.
If Brown winds up delivering anything close to what Jackson did while at USC, this will obviously be a major addition in this class.
Safeties coach Craig Naivar and Donte Williams work hand-in-hand with the secondary, so Naivar is always excited about adding talent to the defensive backfield. Naivar talks a lot about being physical and violent on the football field, but off of it, it’s clear that two things he enjoys are baseball and making not-so-subtle references when USC gets a commitment.
He combined both again on Sunday when Brown committed.
Of course, coaches are always looking for ways to incorporate references to the player’s name when they can. With Prophet Brown, either the first or last name worked. Wide receivers coach Keary Colbert went with the first.
Director of Player Development Gavin Morris went with the last.
No USC social celebration would be complete without Director of Scouting Trey Johnson’s gifs. This one featured Williams.
Director of High School Relations Armond Hawkins was part of USC’s expansion of the recruiting department this offseason. He got in on the celebration as well.
And no commitment would be complete without two of the more visible recruiters in this 2021 class–quarterback Miller Moss (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany) and running back Brandon Campbell (Katy, Texas/Katy).