The last time we saw Jalen Brown was in Las Vegas for the NLA 7 on 7 tournament. He bruised his shoulder early in the first game of the day but looked fully recovered over the weekend.
Brown said he's 6-2 but looks even taller and is wiry strong. He's such a mature pass catcher and makes the game look effortless. He's quick off the line, smooth in his route running and has as soft a pair of hands as you'll see. He never fights the ball and has a huge catch radius. He uses his size well to get separation and can jump over smaller defensive backs with ease.
Brown was also impressive at safety and plays with such a high football IQ. He was directing the defense like a coach on the field making sure everyone was lined up in the right spot. His step dad is former Arizona Wildcat and Arizona Cardinal running back Chuck Levy, who also coached Those Guys in the tournament, so it's no surprise why Brown has such an advanced feel for the game.
On the recruiting front, Brown has 30+ offers on the table and said he's not close to narrowing down his list. He has taken unofficial visits to Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and USC and had good things to say about each program.
"I've been to UA about six or seven times already," Brown said. "My step dad went there and I have a lot of family who would love to see me close to home. I have a great relationship with all the coaches at Arizona and Arizona State since they're close and I talk to both all the time.
"I've been to ASU a few times and I'm comfortable there too. Distance really won't factor in for me, I'll go wherever but being close to those two schools, the advantage is I can visit more often and they can visit me more often as well so I have a lot of interest in both programs."
As for the two L.A schools;
"UCLA has a great atmosphere and a really nice campus," Brown said. "The weather is nice and I like the coaches, Coach Mazzone and Coach Yarber, the WR coach. USC was fun because I got to visit the Coliseum as well as the campus and get a good feel for the tradition and all the great players that have played there.
"Tee Martin is the WR coach and I talk with him as well as Coach Robinson, who recruits my area. Like I said, my whole family supports me in the decision and isn't really pushing me anywhere. It will be my decision and I'll do what I think is best for me and they're going to be there for me no matter what."
Brown will take several more unofficial visits in the summer and then could cut his list before school starts.
"I'm honestly looking at 20-25 schools right now," Brown said. "I'm planning to visit Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Tennessee and Vanderbilt in the summer. I would love to take all of my official visits as well but a lot will be determined if I decide to graduate early or not. If I do, I'll cut my list sooner but I think by the end ot the summer, I'll be ready to do that.
"Biggest factors for me will be what program can help build my character and make me a better person. Education is big for me too and if I don't make it in football, I need something to fall back on.
"Football wise, I would love to play early but if I'm not ready, I don't mind redshirting to get bigger and stronger. I'm being recruited as an athlete right now but I prefer offense and feel I have more potential on that side of the ball. What system I think I can fit in best will play a role as well."
From Lindsey Thiry:
Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe receiver Jalen Brown made his way to Southern California over the weekend to compete with his 7on7 team in IMG's west regionals.
Brown, a four-star recruit, currently holds 31 offers and has yet to start narrowing the long list down.
"I'm thinking toward the end of the summer I'll start breaking it down," he said. "I'm not leaning toward anybody now, just keeping my options open."