St. Brown will see a lot of USC

Anaheim (Calif.) four-star wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown has his next three official visits in mind, and while one Pac-12 school is no longer in his travel plans, the Trojans maybe seeing a lot of him over the next few months.

The recruiting trail can turn on a dime, and as with a few other local Southern Californian recruits who vowed to take all five of their official visits out of state, Anaheim (Calif.) four-star wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown is reigning in his travel plans.

St. Brown, who officially visited Notre Dame two weeks ago, now has plans to officially visit both USC and UCLA.

“I’m not sure when I’ll take my official visits to those schools,” said St. Brown. “First, I’m taking an official to Utah and then I’ll go from there.

“I’m interested in the two local schools and I figure I need to spend some time with the players. I want to see what they do on game day and what it’s like.

“I think you spend more time with the staff and players (on official visits). You see what they go through day-to-day and their lives. You get to see what they do on game day and off the field. I think that’s very important.”

While some recruits see multiple unofficial visits as being the same as one long 48-hour stay on campus, the all-expense paid official visit was on display when St. Brown jumped on a plane to South Bend (Ind.).

St. Brown had already unofficially visited Notre Dame over the summer, but the official visit opened his eyes to a side of the school he did not see three months ago.

“The big difference between my visit in the summer and during the Stanford game was that I got to see the students on campus and I got to hang out with the players,” said St. Brown. “It’s different because you hang out with the players see more of what goes on with them.”

The one constant for St. Brown is each school’s plan for him next year. At 6-foot-5, 205-pounds, St. Brown is what every school says they need.

“Most schools are selling me on how they want a big receiver who can stretch the field,” said St. Brown. “They also talk about me playing inside and being a mismatch for linebackers. I’m a receiver that’s pretty fast and agile. That’s how most schools see me.”

That includes USC, who have been recruiting St. Brown hard since late summer.

USC has started off the season with wins over two ranked Pac-12 opponents and losses against two unranked opponents, which leads St. Brown to form a very distinct impression of what type of team the Trojans have going forward.

“I think they’re a young team,” said St. Brown. “They have some inexperience and that’s why you lose some games you shouldn’t. I feel like in the next couple years they’re going to start doing well again.”

USC freshman wide out Juju Smith is one player that has stood out to St. Brown.

“He’s been doing a great job as a freshman,” said St. Brown. “I see him being a big part of their offense in coming years. I saw him play in that first game and he really stepped up and made big plays.”

While St. Brown has plans to officially visit USC at some point, he will likely see them play in person before that happens.

“I definitely want to see the USC/Notre Dame and USC/UCLA games,” said St. Brown. “I don’t know if one of those games will be during an official, but I definitely want to see those two games.

“I want to see how they match up, but those are also big rivalry games, so I think they’ll be fun to watch.”

St. Brown will now officially visit USC, UCLA and Utah; deciding that he will not officially visit Stanford. However, St. Brown states he wis not eliminating the Cardinal as a college option.

“I’m still keeping my options open, so right now I’m just seeing how teams do this year,” said St. Brown. “I have my official to Utah too, so I’m focused on that.

“They were on of my first offers and they’re recruited me ever since. They’ve been doing well this season, so I want to pay them a visit and see what they’re doing up there.”

St. Brown is also focused on his own season. As a senior, he has 21 catches for 260-yards and three touchdowns.

St. Brown, although big, tends to be fairly soft spoken. However, at various points over the summer and this season, he has found himself becoming quite vocal.

“I’m a senior now and the big time players speaking up has an impact on the younger players,” said St. Brown. “Right now, I’m not concentrating on me, it’s more about the team.”


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