Q&A with four-star wide receiver A.J. Brown

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Four-star wide receiver A.J. Brown sat down with Yancy Porter of the Ole Miss Spirit to talk the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game, his recruitment and more.

On being named a Mississippi All-Star:

“I’m very excited. I know some players over there who’ve really been talking crap, so I’ve got to back my game up. I’ve been talking a little bit, too. I’m going to do my best to do whatever I’ve got to do to get us a win.”

On snapping team Mississippi’s seven-game losing streak to team Alabama:

“We talked about it not too long ago with the guys. We’ve just got to end this. It starts right here with us. We’ve got the talent to do it. Why not? I’m just going to have fun, man, and compete. I don’t really have goals for this game. Just try to compete.”

On if he’s talked about playing together in college with any of his Mississippi teammates: 

“Me and D.K. (Metcalf) have. It was like, ‘If we play together here, we can play together at Ole Miss.’ He tried to throw that in. I told him I don’t know yet. I’m excited to play with those guys and these guys that I know. If that could happen, that’d be crazy. He’s a great player. Coming in as freshmen, that would be crazy. I’ve been thinking about if I go to Ole Miss, what if we have to compete against each other for the job or something like that? It’s all love between me and him.”

On his recent in-home visit with Ole Miss:

“(Ole Miss wide receivers) coach (Grant) Heard and coach Barney (Farrar), they talked about how I fit into their program and what a big aspect I’d be with D.K. Mississippi State, they say the same. It was kind of funny, though, because I was trying to get Mississippi State out of the house before Ole Miss came. Mississippi State stayed a little longer. They almost ran into each other. It was going to be funny. I was like, ‘Time is running out.’ But it was fun having the in-home visits (Sunday).”

On if Mississippi State talked about Ole Miss:

“They talked about them. They were like, ‘We want to stay. We want to sit down and talk to him.’ But they were just joking around. There’s no hard feelings between them two. They just play when they have to play each other, and it’s a rivalry then. I don’t think their rivalry’s off the field.”

On what Mississippi State told him during its in-home:

“They said I’m the No. 1 priority. That’s pretty much it.”

On Ole Miss’ recruiting pitch:

“Chad Kelly’s returning. I could come in and be a Freshman All-American, me and D.K. Shea Patterson’s coming. It doesn’t stop there. That’s a great quarterback, too.”

On if a school’s quarterback will factor into his decision:

“The quarterbacks are. Both schools have great quarterbacks: Nick Fitzgerald and Chad Kelly and Shea Patterson. It plays a part.”

On if Ole Miss set up an official visit:

“They talked to me about the visit. I’ve got so much stuff on my calendar. I’ve got to slide that in.”

On Alabama’s sales pitch:

“What they do with wide receivers, they put wide receivers in the (NFL). They’re a winning program. I’ve built a relationship with coach (Nick) Saban and coach (Billy) Napier. I just like them for them, other than coaches.”

On if he gets local pressure to not only go to MSU, but stay away from Ole Miss:

“I hear that all the time, man. ‘Please don’t go to Ole Miss. Please don’t go to Ole Miss.’ All the time. I don’t (feel obligated to the Starkville community), because at the end of the day I’m going to be the one going to the school. I’ve got to be happy. It’ll be a little kind of negative to come home if I did go to Ole Miss. It is what it is. I’ve got to go to school and make a living for myself.”

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