Badgers Building with Brown

One of the top uncommitted wide receivers in the country, Phoenix Mountain Pointe senior Jalen Brown and his teammates turned in another impressive offensive performance Thursday night.

PHOENIX - Jalen Brown insists that he's worked hard in the offseason and has his mental and physical game in tiptop shape for Mountain Pointe High School. And at some point, he hopes to show it for an entire game.

Although he is one of the top uncommitted wide receivers in the country, Brown has enjoyed watching his teammates take care of business from the sidelines after putting in a short day's work. In the last three games, the Pride has outscored the competition 199-to-14, including Thursday night's 72-0 blasting of Maryvale High School.

"We started off with a big win at Bishop Gorman (Nev.), followed by a few easy wins versus recent competition," Brown told Badger Nation following the game. "We are ready for the next big challenge. I have had a strong start to the season. Basically all I can do is practice hard, help my teammates out and study."

The 6-2, 180-pound Brown, a four-star recruit, the No.2 player in Arizona and the No.7 wide receiver in the country by Fox Sports Next, is the focal point of the offense. After catching 67 passes, 1,235 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, Brown has taken the unselfish approach of being a decoy at times this season, letting other members of Mountain Pointe's loaded offense beat the defense, while still leading the team in catches, yards and touchdowns entering the game.

"This is the time to perform," said Brown, who also added 26 tackles, five interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and one fumble recovery playing safety last season. "All of the preparation of studying the playbooks and schemes all comes to the moment. I have been working really hard in drills running my routes and all the preparation."

Brown has also been busy preparing to make his college choice. Announcing a top six of Arizona, Ohio State, Oregon, Oregon State, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin before the season, Brown said all remains the same with his top six as he heads to his second official visit this weekend at Oregon.

Having taken his first official last weekend to Corvallis, Brown will head to Wisconsin (Sept. 21) and Vanderbilt (Oct. 5.). He's still deciding his final official visit.

Wisconsin earned an official after the Badgers impressed him on the final leg of his four city Big Ten tour in June, saying he entered the visit skeptical but left impressed with the family atmosphere being cultivated by first year head coach Gary Andersen.

"It was a big change from the life here," Brown said of his Madison visit, "and what I'd seen up there."

One of the top receivers on Wisconsin's recruiting board, Brown has been recruited by a majority of Wisconsin's coaching staff, who continue to offer him early playing time and the opportunity to thrive in its offense from the start.

"Wisconsin has a brand new coaching staff," Brown said. "I have been in contact with them personally with calls and texts and that's encouraging. I am looking forward to my official visit."

Badger Nation's Max Siker contributed to this report


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