When the Scout 300 was updated for the 2018 class earlier this spring, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown jumped forward into the No. 1 wide receiver spot and he’s shown why throughout the offseason.
St. Brown has earned an invite to the 2018 Under Armour All-American Game with an MVP performance at the Under Armour All-American Camp Series and then doubled up, by earning The Opening Los Angeles Regional wide receiver MVP honors and an invite to The Opening Finals.
The 6-foot, 191-pound receiver has played with the Premium 7-on-7 team that is chock full of top-tier athletes from Southern California and says there’s always a small part of his mind that is focused on showing he is the best of the best. To do that, he finds himself picking up little things the other studs on his team do well.
"We have some of the top guys in the nation on that team, so it's fun to go out and compete with those guys,” St. Brown said. “I think there's always things to pick up from other receivers because no one is perfect. I think other receivers do things that you might not do as well. I think there's always little things you can pick up from every receiver. I think I just do it naturally after watching someone.”
St. Brown spent this weekend playing with his high school’s 7-on-7 squad. Regardless of the setting or team, he has shined. Showing smooth route running skills and the toughness and physicality to fight for balls in the air, St. Brown has been one of the most impressive players we’ve seen this spring.
His consistent strong showings have brought plenty of attention from colleges trying to add a talented playmaker. One of those schools is USC with offensive coordinator Tee Martin working to build a relationship with the five-star prospect. Martin and St. Brown have talked over the phone, discussing the Trojans’ offense.
The Trojans are trying to get St. Brown to come check out a spring practice over the next three weeks. He has been to campus before, earning a scholarship offer from USC after he and his Mater Dei teammates shined in a 7-on-7 passing tournament USC hosted last summer.
"I mean it's right by the corner, so I can go up there whenever I want,” St. Brown said. “I think I'm going to make a trip up there soon.
"I’ve been up there at least six times, so I know a lot about USC now about their program and everything. Since Helton got there, I think they're making real big moves, especially with their new quarterback. I think USC is a great fit.”
St. Brown said he has also been in consistent contact with Michigan, Ohio State, UCLA, Stanford and Notre Dame, but one thing that stands out for him is the quarterback position. He is paying particular attention to the signal callers at the schools he is considering. He is looking for a passer that can get him the ball and isn’t going to immediately take off running at the first sign of pressure in the pocket.
“You don't really want a quarterback that's always running the ball cause you don't get to really catch and do your thing as much,” St. Brown said. “I think a quarterback that is throw first is important to me.
“USC has a great quarterback in Sam Darnold. I think quarterback is a huge part of where I want to go and stuff.”
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