Erik Brown probably improved his stock more than any other player out West. From a relative unknown prior to the NLA 7on7 in Las Vegas a few months ago to a player who you can now make a strong case for as the top receiver in the Golden State.
Brown is a natural pass catcher, a smooth route runner and has shown a much better burst and top end speed than given credit for. He can make the acrobatic catch over a defender, runs great routes and plays with a high compete level. He's just one of those players who makes the game look very easy.
On the recruiting front, two teams are clearly out in front for Brown but he still remains open to other programs as well.
"UCLA and Washington are definitely my top two right now," Brown said. "UCLA is the local school, close to home and they really need receivers. They have an elite quarterback in Brett Hundley there so I know I'll have a great quarterback to work with for a couple of years.
"Washington has a great Business program and that's what I want to go in to. A part of me wants to get away from home and I think you can grow in to your manhood more in a new place, gain your independence a little. The Washington staff is on me really hard and I have a good relationship with those guys.
"Coach Mora at UCLA told me and I agree, if you want to live in Southern CA after football, and I do, it's easier to network and form relationships going to college locally for that. So both are great options and it's going to be a very tough choice for me."
With the two Pac 12 schools on top, Brown was quick to point out there are others involved as well.
"I really like Boise State a lot," Brown said. "I'm definitely going to take an official visit there. I want to take all my visits if I can and Boise State, Oregon State and California are schools I want to check out. Of course I'll visit Washington and I know I can see UCLA any time since it's close to home.
"I'm also hoping USC offers and I think they're really close. It basically sounds like it's already on the table but nothing official has happened yet. I've been to the school a few times for spring ball and talk with the coaches and that would definitely be another great option to have for me."
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