Notre Dame visited the No. 1 prospect in California on Thursday. And Amon-Ra St. Brown appreciated that effort.
Last season, St. Brown put up 1,229 yards receiving for 21 touchdowns. He has all the big boy offers, including Alabama, LSU, USC, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, Auburn, Georgia, and Stanford.
With the recruiting season now in full swing, the Irish coaching staff made sure to stop by to see him on day one of their recruiting trip through California.
“Coach (Brian) Polian came by today,” St. Brown said. “He came by and watched practice. We had offensive practice today, so we went over some new plays and then one-on-one’s and 7-on-7 at the end. He was there watching.”
St. Brown was able to watch his oldest brother Equanimeous St. Brown back in action for the Irish last Saturday during the Blue-Gold Game, albeit from a distance.
“I haven’t talked to him since the game, but I watched some of it,” St. Brown said. “I thought balls completed were pretty good. I saw (Brandon) Wimbush throw around and Ian Book and Book is pretty good.”
With 25 programs vying for his services, St. Brown isn’t short on options.
“I’m just looking at every school right now and I’m open to every school,” St. Brown said. “I’m going to make my decision definitely after my senior year. I just want to look at everything. I wish I could take more official visits, but I can’t. I’m just looking at everything, taking everything in right now.
“Who is contacting me the most would be UCLA, USC, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Stanford and Nebraska.”
The big-play receiver has been to Notre Dame and is very familiar with the staff, facilities, academics and football program.
“I would say my brother going to Notre Dame is a factor, definitely,” St. Brown said. “I love coach (Brian) Kelly. I think the new receivers coach and the offensive coaching staff are great. I think they’re a great staff. I’ll have to see what they do during the season, really. Notre Dame is definitely a great academic school and obviously, they’re one of the biggest names in college football. They’re on NBC every week and that’s huge for me.”
The St. Brown family isn’t a typical Californian family. His mother is from Germany, his father is a former Mr. Universe bodybuilder and they speak English, German and French fluently around the household.
“Distance for me isn’t really a factor,” St. Brown said. “When I was young, I traveled the world with my family. Distance, to me, isn’t a factor, because I’ve been away from home for four months in Paris. Distance definitely isn’t a problem for me.”
St. Brown’s top priority in his recruitment is early playing time. Given his talent, he shouldn’t have a problem accomplishing his goal and understands he may have to find snaps in a variety of ways.
“I played slot in my sophomore year,” St. Brown said. “I can play both. They can move me around, but personally, I prefer playing wide receiver, but I can definitely play both.”
The Irish have been successful of continuing to impress their top wide receiver target. With many strong programs also pushing hard and some of them being close to home, an all-out dogfight for his commitment will take place, probably right up until National Signing Day.