Even before they enter their senior year of high school, some high school football players quickly become veterans of the recruiting process.
Four-star Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei wide receiver Osiris St. Brown is one of those.
The No. 4 wideout in the West and the No. 108 overall recruit in the 2017 class has already seen the positives and negatives of the recruiting process up close and personal. St. Brown’s older brother, Equanimeous, was a high-major recruit, choosing Notre Dame in 2015.
That’s why a trip to USC for the Trojan Elite Day event was nothing new for St. Brown. It wasn’t his first rodeo. He has been to the USC campus on several occasions, but this time was different.
”It was cool because usually the past couple of times I went to USC, it was mostly with my older brother and he was the one getting recruited, so I was there just like checking out the school,” St. Brown said. “And now that I was there and I was checking out the school, it was different. I liked it. It felt good.”
But if St. Brown wants to spend four more years at USC, there might be some pressure to expedite his decision. According to St. Brown, in the wide receivers position meeting at the Trojan Elite Day, former receivers coach and new offensive coordinator Tee Martin told the group that there may only be one 2017 scholarship spot remaining for receivers. After USC took five wideouts in the 2016 class, St. Brown said they were informed the Trojans were planning to probably take two receivers in the upcoming recruiting class.
“Since there’s already one commitment [Marlon Williams], there’s only one spot open,” St. Brown said. “He was going to recruit the receivers that were there the hardest. Whoever the first one to commit is probably going to steal that spot.”
Despite the urgency created, St. Brown said he wasn’t going to be forced into a decision.
“I still want to take my time and see other schools. I don’t want to like rush it just because he’s only taking two.”
Instead, the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder said he is planning to attend Stanford’s Junior Day on April 1 and will likely take an unofficial trip to California while he is in the Bay Area.