Devonta Brown Discusses Commitment

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Charlottesville High School (VA) linebacker Devonta Brown publicly mentioned his commitment to Virginia for the first time following last Friday’s 34-33 victory over William Monroe.

Brown, who had actually committed to Virginia almost one month ago, is excited to release the information.

“I actually committed some time before…about a month ago,” said Brown. “I just didn’t want to release it until now. Virginia just seems like the school for me. I’m familiar with the area, they have great academics and a great football program. I’m looking forward to playing with some of these linebackers that they have.”

Virginia Head Coach Al Groh offered Devonta a full scholarship in person, which meant a lot to him.

“Coach Groh is great,” said Brown. “I’ve gotten to talk to him quite a few times over the past year. He was the one that made the offer to me. The fact that he did that himself was big.”

Brown projects as an inside linebacker in the 3-4 defense. He will likely red-shirt due to the fact that he has not been involved in any consistent weight-training program throughout high school.

He’s looking to gain speed and add strength to his 6-3, 235 pound frame.

“I’d like to red-shirt, but if I feel I can play and they want me to I will,” said Brown. “I’m looking forward to getting really big and really fast. I have the weight, but I need the strength and I need to get faster. I also want to learn more about the game, reading defenses and things like that.”

Virginia was the only school to offer Brown, who was also drawing interest from Maryland, North Carolina, and Clemson among others. He plans on helping the staff as a potential recruiter over the next several months.

“I plan on being a big recruiter for UVA,” said Brown. “I think I might take my official visit on December 12th, which is a big recruiting weekend I think. Now that I’m committed, it’s my time to help Virginia get some more top talent.”

Brown, whose primary recruiter was Mike London, was the twelfth commitment for the 2004 class. He will rejoin defensive end Chris Johnson, a CHS graduate who signed with Virginia in February of 2003.

“I’m excited to be back with him,” said Brown. “He’s been trying to get