Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei five-star wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is rated the No. 1 player in the nation at his position, and after several great outings on the camp circuit, USC has upped the intensity of his recruitment.
“Tee Martin has been texting me more and we’ve been talking more in the past month or so,” said St. Brown. “My main thing with them is seeing them some more going forward.
“I’ve visited the campus and been to games, but I want to see their offense and where they see me playing for them. What receiver spot do they see me at? I like outside receiver more than the slot, so I want to see how they want to mix it up.”
USC recruited Amon-Ra’s brother Equanimeous in 2015. To a lesser extent, the Trojans also recruited his other brother Osiris in 2016. With Equanimeous at Notre Dame and Osiris signing with Stanford, the St. Brown family hasn’t had much reason to think about USC.
“I like USC a lot,” said St. Brown. “They really turned their program around last season.
“Three years ago, I didn’t even want to go to USC. But watching them last year with Coach (Clay) Helton, he’s doing great things there. It’s definitely a school I'm looking at."
The recruiting trail is long and winding. Traversing it successfully takes the approach of a marathon runner rather than a sprinter. St. Brown saw his brothers Equanimeous and Osiris go through the process in different ways.
Notre Dame and Stanford are both contenders for Amon-Ra, but Michigan, Ohio State and USC have made more recent impressions, which should result in some unofficial visits later this spring
“I’m going to try to take a visit to Michigan at some point and I’ll be going up to USC pretty soon,” said St. Brown. “I’ve seen Stanford a bunch and Notre Dame.
“It’s possible I could commit to either those two schools, but I’m just looking out for what’s best for me. Equanimeous and Osiris both went to schools with good academics. That’s big for me, but Osiris only took one trip, and that was to Stanford.
“Equanimeous took like three visits. He made his decision at the last minute on signing day. I’m not sure how I want to do it. Maybe I’ll commit before the season or maybe after at the Army game or Under Armour game. I’m not sure yet.”
In a year where USC might be hard-pressed to take more than three wide receivers in the class of 2018, the Trojans do have the factor of five-star quarterback Matt Corral working for them.
“I think Matt is a great quarterback, obviously one of the best quarterbacks in this class,” said St. Brown. “To play with one of the best quarterbacks in my class would be huge.”