Yet even with Equanimeous St. Brown ending up at Notre Dame and Osiris St. Brown signing with Stanford before him, the youngest St. Brown now has warmed up to the idea of staying close to home and playing for the Trojans. The turnaround directed by Sam Darnold that ended with a Rose Bowl victory last season is a big reason why.
"I like USC a lot," St. Brown said at the Passing Down Elite 7on7 tournament last weekend. "They really turned the program around last year. Three years ago I didn't even want to go to USC but, ever since last year and what they did with a new quarterback, with coach (Clay) Helton, they're really a school I'm looking at."
The Trojans already hold a commitment from the No. 1 quarterback in the West region, five-star Matt Corral, and St. Brown certainly views his presence in the recruiting class as a plus.
"Matt is a great quarterback and one of the best in my class, so to play with him would be huge," St. Brown said.
USC has its appeal, but there are other programs that also have caught St. Brown's attention throughout the process. He said he hopes to visit Michigan soon and could also get up to Stanford again.
"(Michigan) is a big school I'm looking at, too," St. Brown said. "I talked to coach (Jim) Harbaugh two weeks ago and we spoke for about 20 minutes. It was a good talk. They're keeping in contact with me a lot. He was talking about how much they want me. He's one of the different coaches because he was talking about his family and stuff like that, so it was cool."
St. Brown, the No. 1-rated receiver in the country, saw his two older brothers go through the process and, though he hasn't ruled out the possibility of joining one of them at either Notre Dame or Stanford, he said he won't allow their presence to be a determining factor.
"To go to Notre Dame or Stanford is possible, too," St. Brown said. "I'm looking at those schools, too, but I'm going to do what's best for me at the end of the day."
As a junior last season, St. Brown was credited with 60 receptions for 1,229 yards and 21 touchdowns in 13 games.