Jamall Brown’s breakout performance at the University of Virginia’s football camp last weekend trumped his injury-marred junior season for Hampton High. The Cavaliers quickly offered him a grant-in-aid, and Brown accepted just as rapidly.
A 6-foot-2, 155-pound wide receiver, Brown said Friday evening that he grew up attending Virginia home games, watching his cousin, Almondo Curry, play defensive back for the Cavaliers.
Brown earned that opportunity at Virginia’s camp, flashing above-average speed and exceptional hands. He caught only six passes for 136 yards last season, but that’s because he sustained a broken wrist in practice after the first game, relegating him to defense-only, in the secondary, for much of the year.
“I think ol’ Jamall fits anywhere,” Hampton coach Mike Smith said. “I know he’ll do well at Virginia. He’s such a good athlete. … Good speed, great hands.”
Smith anticipated more offers for Brown, who said he was also hearing from Richmond, James Madison, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech. But the lure of Charlottesville, and Virginia coach Mike London’s sales pitch, prevailed.
“Coach London really inspired me,” Brown said. “(The decision) takes a lot of pressure off my senior year.”
The commitment also reunites him with quarterback David Watford, Hampton’s quarterback last seasons and a freshman at UVa.
Brown’s pledge is the Cavaliers’ 14th for the 2012 incoming class, the eighth from in-state and the first from a prospect labeled a wide receiver.
The last Crabber receiver to play at Virginia was Ahmad Hawkins, from 1997-2000. Hawkins caught the winning touchdown pass, a 47-yarder from Ferguson High's Aaron Brooks with 2:01 remaining, in the Cavaliers' last victory at Virginia Tech, in 1998.