Four-star wide receiver Osiris St. Brown has plenty of reasons to leave Southern California for college.
The Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 2017 prospect already holds scholarship offers from all over the country with universities in Florida, Texas, up and down the West Coast and in the Midwest vying for his services. There also is the allure of potentially joining his brother Equamineous in the Notre Dame receiving corps.
But USC is trying to keep Osiris home. The Trojans surprised the 6-foot-2, 175-pound receiver with a scholarship offer on Sunday afternoon and hope to have him wearing cardinal and gold in the future.
“t was kind out of the blue, honestly,” St. Brown said Sunday night. “I haven’t talked to Tee, Coach Martin in like a couple of months at least.”
But when Martin got on the phone with Osiris Sunday, he delivered the news that USC wants to keep the talented junior from leaving the area.
“He said he’s been watching me and he’s known me since I was a freshman when I came out for the camps and stuff,” St. Brown said. “He said he’s been watching me get better.
“He saw me grow and all that stuff. And then he saw that I’m one of the top receivers — I think I’m like second in California — so he’s like ‘Yea. We can’t let that pass up.’ So he offered. I guess that was their reason, seeing me grow and get better over the years.”
St. Brown plans to continue to try to grow his game this offseason, playing with his B2G 7v7 team. One of the camps the team will be attending during the summer is the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp in Michigan. During the trip, St. Brown plans to take advantage of the opportunity to check out the campuses of some of the schools recruiting him hardest in the Midwest.
“When I’m out there, I’ll definitely probably be able to check out Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame probably and maybe Northwestern, so that’s probably going to be this summer.”
Nothing is official, but St. Brown plans to make his rounds this summer to explore those schools and stop by a local school as well.
“I’ll definitely see USC a bunch since it’s right around the corner, but I don’t have anything set in stone. I haven’t talked to any of the coaches and planned an actual visit, but I’m 99 percent sure I’ll be able to visit those schools.”
Like some of the other schools recruiting him, USC is a campus that the No. 107 ranked 2017 prospect has seen before during camps, so what makes the Trojans’ offer stand out?
“It was one of my favorite schools growing up,” St. Brown said. “As a young guy, looking at Reggie Bush and stuff, it was one of my favorites, so it’s cool having one of those childhood game schools offer you and allow you to play at their school. That’s great.
“They’re definitely probably going to be in like my top 10, top five schools.”
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USC recruiting analyst Gerard Martinez contributed to this report.