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Teel Time: Hampton receiver Jamall Brown commits to UVa

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.

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“That’s where I’ve always wanted to be,” Brown added. “I’m just thankful for the opportunity.”

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

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Richmond
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, 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

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David Watford
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, 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.

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