Amon-Ra St. Brown doesn’t need a guide to the recruiting process.
Two older brothers have shown the five-star wide receiver from Santa Ana, Calif., the way. Equanimeous St. Brown is a rising junior receiver at Notre Dame. Osiris St. Brown signed with Stanford earlier this month.
Both have given Amon-Ra a window into handling his recruitment. Now less than a year until he signs, St. Brown is starting to put his knowledge into action.
“I think just never try to big time a coach,” St. Brown said. “Treat every coach the same, with the same respect. I think some guys, when a smaller school tries to recruit them, they just blow them off. I want to respect every coach because you never know where they’re gonna end up at. So I treat every coach the same.”
St. Brown has already started to see this play out.
Notre Dame underwent staff change over the last couple months, including former wide receiver coach Mike Denbrock moving on to be offensive coordinator at Cincinnati. Denbrock had served as primary recruiter for the St. Brown family.
Del Alexander, previously at Arizona State, is now the wide receivers coach in South Bend. He stopped by Mater Dei High School before National Signing Day to watch St. Brown work out.
“My brother said he loves the new receiver coach,” St. Brown said. “I think they’ve brought in a great staff. I think they’re ready to move forward and do great things with the staff they have now. I’m hoping they do real good.”
Alexander and head coach Brian Kelly followed up by talking with 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect on National Signing Day. St. Brown is certainly well aware of the broad strokes.
“I think Notre Dame is obviously a great academic school,” he said. “That’s a plus. Academics is key and it’s a big part of my decision. In terms of academics, I think Notre Dame has it. Football-wise, I think coach Kelly is a great coach. The system they run up there is amazing. My brother has nothing but good things to say.
“In my eyes, Notre Dame is a great fit for me. I could go in there and play early. That’s a big thing for me. I think I could go up there and compete for my spot early on.”
In terms of the recruiting process in general, St. Brown continues to take it slow.
Ohio State recently offered a scholarship. St. Brown is discussing the possibility of making a trip to Columbus during the summer. Alabama might get a visit sometime this month.
Arizona State, Auburn, Boise State, Cal, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and Washington State have also offered scholarships.
St. Brown has already seen some campuses and wants to use the next round of visits to learn more about the programs involved.
“Probably just where I’d fit into their offense and meeting all the coaches,” St. Brown said. “Especially the receiver coach at each school because that’s who you’ll be spending the most time with. Just getting to know the receiver coaches more and talking to some of the players, asking how they like it and stuff.”
However things shake out during the next couple months, St. Brown doesn’t see his recruitment ending any time soon. Instead, the process will go into his senior year at the very least.
“I’m not gonna commit any time my junior year,” he said. “I’m definitely committing my senior year. I haven’t made an exact timeframe on when I’ll do it, whether it’ll be before the season or after. I’m not sure yet.”