National 100 member still waiting set up his official visits

A.J. Brown out of Starkville, Miss., took in an unofficial visit to Ole Miss over the weekend. The nation's No. 66 overall rated prospect had a chance to spend the day with possibly his future quarterback on the next level.

A.J. Brown arrived on the Ole Miss campus with some of their other top recruits, including the nation's No. 1 quarterback who just happens to be committed to the Rebels.

"The fact that they have Shea (Patterson) committed is a huge plus," A.J. Brown said. "I have a great relationship with Shea and there's a big connection between us. That's one of the main reasons I like Ole Miss."

Shea Patterson talked to the Starkville star about their future.

"Shea asked me when I was going to join the family (laugh). We talked about it a lot, but like I told him, I'm still undecided. At the same time it would be a good thing if I did go there because we would make the best tandem in college football. There's not question in my mind about that."

The Rebels also have the player he tries to pattern his game after, Laquon Treadwell.

"That was probably my favorite part about my trip, just getting to hand out with Tread after the game. I try and do what he does. I told him that I was going to have to try and outdo what he did the other week with that one handed catch. I just love how physical he plays. He doesn't back down to nobody. Tread just bullies people on every play. He just loves to play the game. I've been trying to mold my game after his since I got in high school. But what I love about Tread so much is that he doesn't try and put all of that recruiting pressure on you. He never brings it up. He just tells me that I need to go where my heart is and don't listen to anyone else. He never talks about other schools or anything like that. I respect him even more for that."

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound receiver had a positive overall trip to Ole Miss Saturday.

"I just like how they spread the ball around. They got Tread the ball but got everyone else involved at the same time. That's what I like about Ole Miss. They spread the ball around. I got to talk to their coaches before and after the game. They were giving me all of the recruiting speech. They were just happy to see me. They asked me what was going on in my life outside of football. That's what I like about those guys. They never put any pressure on you. They just keep it real."

Brown also made the trek to Tuscaloosa to see the Tide play the Rebels.

"I love the atmosphere at Alabama. They have some true fans. They don't like to lose, not at all. They really take it serious over there. I like to see them feed Calvin Ridley. If I go there I try and picture myself in his situation. Running the routes he runs and things like that. I was pretty much watching Calvin and seeing how they used him."

MSU is just a couple miles from his house and he caught some of their games as well.

"I go to their games because it's just down the road. I don't really have anything else to do, so I just go. They show me a lot of love over there, but there's not too much to it. I try and record the games I go to so I can break them down on tape. When I'm on my visits I'm just there to take it all in. I'm really not focused on one thing."

The Dogs are still very much in the picture as well.

"I like their fans. Everyone knows me. That's a big part of it. I'm at home. All they have to do is just drive up the road to see me play if I go there."

Are there anymore schools involved?

"Everybody is even, first of all. I really don't have one school over the other. I haven't set up any of my official visits yet. I'm just taking it easy. I've put recruiting on the back burner. But outside of Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State; California is in it. Auburn is in it. Georgia is in it. Florida too. I haven't had a chance to visit those schools, but I look forward to seeing them in the future. It will probably be after my season is over, but I'm going to try and see all of those schools when my season is over."

A.J. has caught 56 balls for 836 yards for seven touchdowns this season. He's been selected to the MS/AL and Under Armour All-Star games.

"The Mississippi game I'm playing for my state. I'm also playing for my city. It's all about state pride and beating Alabama. The Under Armour game is going to have the top guys in the country playing it. It's a gauge to see how I stack up against the top players in the college so I know where I'm at when I go to college. I'm really excited about playing in both games, but right now we are trying to get a ring here at Starkville before we leave."

Starkville is on an eight game winning streak and have two huge contests coming up the next two weeks.

"We play Warren Central there and Clinton at home to close out the regular season. That will determine who is the No. 1 seed in our district. We are going to have to be really physical in both games. I feel like I'm more physical this season. Regardless of how many people are on me I have the mind set that it's my ball. I'm more aggressive this season when the ball is in the air."

Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com 


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