Osiris St. Brown didn’t need much of a guide around the Notre Dame campus.
Returning to South Bend was more reunion than introduction. St. Brown, a four-star wide receiver from Santa Ana, Calif., has been there multiple times. His older brother, Equanimeous, is already on the Irish roster at wide receiver.
Getting back this time, however, proved a little different. St. Brown came back into town for Irish Invasion and to explore the program outside pre-existing relationships. He didn’t work out during the camp.
“Definitely just seeing the campus again and talking to the coaches,” St. Brown said. “But I also wanted to see what it’s like for the players, campus life and stuff like that. Obviously, it’s the summer so not all the students are there but I got to hang out with some of the players are night and stuff like that. It was cool to see how they hang out with each other and different people. It was just cool hanging out with some of the players.”
St. Brown caught up with his older brother. He also reconnected with freshman receiver Javon McKinley, an alum of the same 7-on-7 club team based out of Southern California.
“It’s definitely chill but also serious,” St. Brown said. “I was talking with Javon McKinley because he’s from out here and I’ve known him with 7-on-7 and all that. It was cool seeing him out there in college. I could see myself in that kind of position.
“Then you’re seeing players from all around the country. There were some guys from Cali and all around the country. That was definitely cool.”
Wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock, who’s been recruiting members of the family for years, checked in along the way. Same goes for head coach Brian Kelly.
Denbrock talked with the 6-foot-2, 175-pound prospect about his potential fit in the offense. St. Brown later watched Denbrock coach his younger brother, Amon-Ra, a rising junior wide receiver that also plays at Mater Dei High School.
“I talked to coach Denbrock first and we just sat down,” St. Brown said. “He had some clips from my highlights and compared them to clips from their offense this past season. Using me in that offense, he talked about not just using me as an outside receiver but also in the slot. He talked about moving me around and using me all over the field, which I like because I think it’s definitely how I’ll be used in college. Then I talked to coach Kelly and he emphasized and wanted to make sure they’re not recruiting me just as Equanimeous’ younger brother but as a recruit myself. I definitely feel that way, so it’s good.”
St. Brown currently lists Notre Dame in a top two alongside Stanford, which played host for one of its camp sessions earlier this month.
Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Northwestern, Oregon, Texas Tech, UCLA, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington and Washington State are other offers on the table.
Notre Dame and Stanford are in line to receive official visits come fall. St. Brown wants to see his top contenders on a game day.
“I don’t know if I’m gonna take any more trips this summer,” St. Brown said. “I’m still trying to find out if I’m gonna go to like ASU or Washington or something like that. I’ll figure that out. I’m gonna take that official visit to Notre Dame and take one to Stanford. I don’t know when I’m gonna plan on committing. Probably early season or mid-season, something like that.”
Stanford was also a top contender for Equanimeous, so it’s no surprise the Cardinal has moved to the top of the list alongside Notre Dame heading into the heart of summer. St. Brown views them both as having the longest standing relationships.
“Just the fact that they’re both really good education schools and football schools,” St. Brown said. “I feel like they’ve been recruiting me for awhile and talking to me just because they were recruiting my older brother. Since they’ve been talking to my older brother they’ve always kinda been in contact with me.
“I kinda feel like I’ve been talking to them for a long time now while other schools just started this past year. I just feel like I talk to their head coach and stuff more than other schools.”