Pace Academy cornerback Jack âTigerâ Brown will move to California in the fall after signing a football scholarship with division IIIâs Claremont McKenna College.
The 18-year-old from Decatur made the decision to commit to Claremont McKenna College after a visit to the school in October.
âI fell in love,â he said.
Brown first heard about the school from friends who were considering going to the school. His college counselor also suggested he should take a look at Claremont McKenna .
âMy counselor told me it was small college that was good academically and has a football program where I can possibly play,â he said.
Last summer, Brown participated in the New England Elite Football Clinic in Massachusetts where he met one of Claremont McKennaâs coaches, which led to him visiting the school.
âI felt so comfortable out there and all of the people there were great,â he said. âIt was a family-oriented type community and itâs the type of place where I immediately stepped on campus and met people. It was a feeling I hadnât gotten anywhere else.â
Brownâs mother, Joanne, agreed that the school is a perfect fit for her son.
âI know he is going to do great things there so Iâm excited,â she said. âItâs great that he gets to play football but he also gets to be challenged academically in college.â
Joanne Brown said she is proud of Tiger for fulfilling a goal he set at the beginning of his football career.
âIâm proud that he put a goal in front of him and stuck with it,â she said. âHe has always been a high achiever and heâs been very consistent with his academics. So we were proud of him for being able to balance being a scholar [and] athlete.â
Brown has a 3.7 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society.
After years of playing soccer and basketball, Brown switched to football in the fourth grade. He said he fell in love with football after discovering an all football channel on cable television.
âI spent a good few months over the summer only watching football, all day, every day,â he said. âThen I asked my parents if I can play football and they said yes.â
Brown started playing football at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. He went on to play at Tucker Park. A friend introduced Brown to lacrosse in middle school and he began playing lacrosse at the Decatur Recreation League. Brown said it was an easy to transition to lacrosse because of the physicality that lacrosse and football share, but it was also difficult.
âIn lacrosse you are playing with a stick that is an extension of your arms and makes it a lot more difficult and it takes a while to get use to that,â he said. âBut once I got the hang of that after about a month, it was a breeze.â
Claremont McKenna College doesnât have a collegiate lacrosse team but does have a club team that Brown plans to join. Brown said he is looking forward to the upcoming football season and being on his own.
âIâm most excited about being on my own and basically being independent and making my own decisions for me to show my parents that what they have done for me has paid off,â he said.
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