Osiris St. Brown needed to wait a little bit before making his debut this season.
Suffering a foot injury kept the four-star junior receiver relegated to the sideline for Santa Ana, Calif.-based Mater Dei High School, one of the top programs on the West Coast. St. Brown played for the first time last week in a 42-7 win over La Mirada.
Mater Dei moved its record to 3-0 while St. Brown got on the board personally with an 11-yard touchdown catch, his only reception of the game.
“I think the DB was like maybe five yards off,” St. Brown said. “I just attacked him straight up and made a little stutter move and went outside. I know our quarterback knows that whenever the DB is even with us, he automatically throws back shoulder. Sure enough it was a back shoulder throw, so I just turned and caught it real quick. The DB didn’t even notice it. It was a real easy catch.”
St. Brown plans to put extra work in this week with Mater Dei quarterback J.T. Daniels, a freshman, in hopes of getting their timing together before the next game.
Other than the touchdown pass, they struggled to connect against La Mirada.
“He’s gonna be great,” St. Brown said. “He’s real serious about what he does and watches a lot of film. After practice, he throws with us a lot. We’re definitely going to work on that during practice. We’re definitely going to get that down by next week. Other than that I think he’s really solid in everything he does. He has a great size.”
Recruiting hit the back burner for St. Brown as the season started.
Scholarship offers are already in from Illinois, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Texas Tech, Utah and Washington State. Several of those programs have been reaching out through Twitter since Sept. 1 when communication opened up.
Michigan and Notre Dame were among the first. USC picked up its interest through wide receivers coach Tee Martin.
“It’s picked up a lot,” St. Brown said. “At first it started off slow with just Notre Dame and Michigan. Then it started picking up with SC and Tee Martin. Miami, Boston College and Boise State. I’ve been talking to Boise State a lot recently. The coach has been hitting me up and is a great guy. I definitely want to visit their school sometime soon.”
Jim Harbaugh and Brian Kelly made sure to connect with St. Brown straight away.
Kelly already has connections to the family. St. Brown’s older brother, Equanimeous, is a freshman receiver in South Bend. His younger brother, Amon-ra, a sophomore athlete, also has a Notre Dame offer.
“(Kelly) was the second guy after coach Harbaugh,” St. Brown said. “Coach Brian Kelly, he hit me up I think the morning after coach Harbaugh or really late the night of. He was early.”
St. Brown isn’t sure when he might visit Notre Dame again — he doesn’t have any other visits set either — but has been keeping tabs on the Irish through their first two games.
“I think they’re great,” St. Brown said. “It’s too bad Malik went down but I’ve seen since the first series against Texas he was a great quarterback. I thought he would be running a lot more because he’s so athletic but he actually sat in the pocket and threw some nice balls to Will Fuller. They definitely look solid.”