But his dad, Arthur, isn’t tipping his hand on which way his son is leaning.
Arthur accompanied A.J. on an official visit to Ole Miss over the weekend. He said the trip went well, as all official visits do. Brown will announce his decision on National Signing Day. He’s down to Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama and Cal.
“It’s been nice,” he said. “The visit was like all of them. They all have nice facilities. It’s his decision because everybody treats you right and good. It was good.
“We haven’t made a decision yet. Like I always said, it’s his decision. It’s going to be a big decision. He’s 18 and coming out of high school and going into the world. It’s going to be a big decision.”
A.J. is rated the No. 45 overall prospect in the country by Scout.com, and the No. 5 wide receiver. The 6-foot-1 1/2, 218-pound wide receiver led Starkville High School to a Class 6A star championship as a senior, finishing the year with 1,371 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Starkville, of course, is home to Mississippi State. Arthur doesn’t believe local pressure will play much of a factor in where A.J. ultimately decides to go to school.
“It’s no pressure or anything like that,” he said. “It’s a home guy. It’s going to be difficult or whatever you would say, but other than that, I don’t know, I’m just thinking of what’s best for A.J.
“You’ve got people who are going to say (something) regardless of where he goes. That lasts maybe two or three days. As a whole, we’ve got good people in Mississippi, as well as pretty much anywhere. It would probably be difficult or whatever.”
Arthur said the family will sit down in the coming days and weigh the pros and cons of each of A.J.'s finalists.
“We did have three visits,” he said. “We’re going to sit down and put everything together - the good and the bad - and make a decision as a whole and go from there pretty much.
“Mississippi State is not out of the race, though. We had three visits - Cal, Alabama and Ole Miss. We grew up in Starkville, so he’s over there all the time. The only thing you can do is pretty much wait.”
Wherever A.J. lands, Arthur said he will play both football and baseball. He was supposed to meet with Ole Miss head baseball coach Mike Bianco on Saturday, but due to scheduling, they weren’t able to. The meeting was rescheduled for today before they leave campus.
Arthur said they “never got a chance” to meet with Mississippi State head baseball coach John Cohen. “They had a doctor appointment.”
“He will play baseball,” Arthur said. “Pretty much all four schools are giving him the opportunity that he can play.”null