Rhett Lashlee landed his quarterback in the Class of 2022 in Valdosta, Georgia, Lowndes with four stars Jacurri Brown on Friday. He picked the hurricanes over Texas A&M, Auburn, Florida and Arizona State live on CBS Sports HQ less than a week after spending a few days in South Florida.
“Just a school with a rich football tradition. My relationship with the coaches. The quarterback room gives me a legitimate opportunity to compete at the start of my career,” Brown told InsideTheU in a message about why Miami was the choice. “Miami is a unique city that allows me to expand my brand. Miami, Coral Gables is a first-class city that can help develop me to become the man I want to be. “
Brown, who is considered the No. 167 player overall and No. 5 double threat quarterback in the country according to industry-generated 247Sports Composite, becomes commit No. 2 for Miami and the first offensive player to join the class adds. Tampa Carrollwood Day Top247 defensive lineman Brandon Cleveland is UM’s only other promise.
He’s excited to go to Coral Gables, where he knows the attack will use his unique skills.
“I feel like they will center it around my skills and make full use of my capabilities. There are a lot of points to score in Rhett Lashlee’s system,” said Brown.
The six-foot, 205-pounder also has some lofty goals for his tenure at UM.
“Govern the state of Florida,” said Brown. “Win the conference, win a natty, win the Heisman and somehow give back to the kids and leave a legacy like no other.”
The signal caller spent parts of the past weekend in Miami, walking around the UM campus, meeting city officials and members of Big Brother, Big Sister, a South Florida mentoring organization. Making an impact on the community is a big part of what he plans to do in Coral Gables.
“I’m not rich, but I could give my time,” Brown told InsideTheU last weekend. “If I made my decision, I want it to be a 40 year decision. Want to be known for giving back to the kids. In that area, you can be in the wrong place at the wrong time and you can change your whole life like that. If you have to deal with children at a young age, you change a trend for an entire generation. “
Brown is the second four-star Georgia Lashlee quarterback to land in as many years. The Hurricanes player was able to land Loganville (Ga.) Grayson Top247 quarterback Jake Garcia from the Peach State on Early Signing Day last December. Brown will also become the second Lowndes player to pick the Hurricanes. The school drew edge Thomas Davis from the last cycle of power in South Georgia.
As a junior, Brown threw for 1,537 yards with 14 touchdowns, while adding 1,101 yards to the ground with 16 extra scores. He totaled 276 yards and four touchdowns in the Winnersville Classic against crosstown rival Valdosta.
Since becoming the full-time starter at the South Georgia powerhouse, Brown has a record of 24-3. He made a 7A state championship as a sophomore. In his high school career, Brown has had a total of 72 touchdowns, including 44 on the ground.
Andrew Ivins of 247Sports compares the quarterback to the former Virginia Tech and the current Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker
Impressive looking athlete with the desired height to play the position. Now has a slimmer build but can eventually gain up to 220 pounds or more. One of the more unique quarterback prospects in the 2022 class given the ability to run the football. Has already passed the 100 yard mark in 14 different varsity games. Still developing as a passer but started to show some improvement after the junior season spring. Has no problems getting the ball to all different levels of the field. Likes to use the trajectory to his advantage, especially on his low blows. More of a drive ball thrower, but able to make off-plane throws on the run. Streaky player who isn’t afraid to challenge tight windows, but struggles with accuracy at times and tends to make some of the easiest throws the hardest. Tested exceptionally well for his senior season with a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash and a 4.4 in the short shuttle. With a long stride he can withdraw from the defense. Not afraid to lower his shoulder and strength through defenders if necessary. Considered a leader by those in his flock, he has won many big games on Friday nights by playing in one of the Peach State’s highest classifications. He’ll have to find some touch and keep improving his mechanics, but raw tools are valuable in the quarterback position, and he’s got a ton of them. Should be viewed as a high-ceilinged, low-floored prospect who, with patience and the right coaching, can make a difference at Power 5 level. Likely to thrive in an offensive system that embraces double threat quarterbacks and leans on its strengths.