St. Brown gets ‘different vibe’ on visit
Osiris St. Brown looked at Notre Dame through a different lens last weekend during an unofficial visit.
Later this summer St. Brown’s older brother, Equanimeous, will join the Irish football program as a freshman wide receiver. Past trips to campus focused more on that recruitment. This time Osiris, a four-star receiver in the Class of 2017, came back to South Bend with an offer of his own.
“It was different because I looked at it I guess in a different way,” St. Brown said. “It was like, trying to see myself there. Last time I was just trying to see how my brother would fit in and stuff. Now the coaches are recruiting me and stuff, so it definitely had a different vibe. Certain things like the field, I got to see the stadium from the inside. It was just a different feel.”
St. Brown made the trek to campus as part of a Southern California-based B2GSports contingent in the area for a 7-on-7 tournament.
Four-star wide receiver Javon McKinley, three-star safety Chacho Ulloa, Oregon cornerback commitment Troy Warner and three-star safety D.J. Morgan were also on the trip. Notre Dame offered Ulloa during the visit. McKinley already held an Irish scholarship.
Five-star wide receiver Joseph Lewis, another Class of 2017 prospect, made the trip too.
Notre Dame is more familiar to St. Brown than many of his B2GSports teammates, including familiar faces on the staff. Former coach turned special assistant to the head coach Bob Elliott led the recruitment of Equanimeous.
“They’ve always been friendly with me and stuff,” St. Brown said. “I would talk to Elliott when he would come over and stuff. Now he DMs me. We just usually talk about average stuff like how the workouts are going. It’s changed a little bit but we still have a good connection. We always have.”
Those relationships, familiarity and a few other key factors will likely keep Notre Dame in the hunt for St. Brown over the long haul.
“They’ve had like one of the highest graduation success rates,” St. Brown said. “They showed us a little board of other schools and they showed all the players they’ve had in the NFL. The way they’re good in both academics and sports is always one of the biggest factors ever. I like education and they have like one of the best business schools. They’re probably always gonna be in my top three.”
Not that there is a shortage of options for 6-foot-2, 175-pound prospect.
Other scholarship offers include Illinois, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Texas Tech, Utah and Washington State. Northwestern also offered Monday on a B2GSports visit to campus before the group returned home.
St. Brown plans to keep assessing all options for the near future.
“I want to visit other schools and see how they treat me and how I feel in their environment,” he said. “Then I’ll see where I’m most comfortable. If it’s Notre Dame I’ll go to Notre Dame with my brother and have a good time.”
Come summer St. Brown plans to camp at Stanford, UCLA and USC in hopes of adding those local programs to the offer list. He plans to visit Michigan while in Detroit for Sound Mind, Sound Body camp and would like to see Florida State.
Getting more information and offers could lead to an earlier decision.
“I wouldn’t want to take it out for a long time,” St. Brown said. “Honestly, I’d like to commit before senior year or end of junior year. But if I don’t have all the offers I want to consider I’ll probably drag it out a little bit. I’ll probably cut it short. I don’t want to drag it out too long.”