Brown Breaks Down his Finalists

Saying he hopes to make a decision in the next few weeks, Phoenix Mountain Pointe wide receiver Jalen Brown breaks down his finalists to Badger Nation.

When it comes to recruiting, all the fun is over for Phoenix Mountain Pointe wide receiver Jalen Brown. Finished with four official visits and with no plans to make a fifth, the 6-2, 185-pound Brown will now try to figure out where he's going to play college football.

"I'm going to decide in the next couple of weeks," Brown told Badger Nation. "I'm going to have a small get together with family, call the coaches about his decision and then probably announce it through Twitter. I'm not into the whole press conference."

While his personality is quiet, Brown's game is far from it. A four-star recruit and the eight-ranked wide receiver in the country by FoxSportsNext, Brown had 67 catches for 1,235 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. Although battling a leg injury and being used as a decoy at points this season, Brown still has 23 catches for 516 yards and six touchdowns.

It's caused him to receive well over 30 offers throughout the process, but Brown said his decision will come down to five.

"I'm deciding between Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt," said Brown.

Brown took an Oregon State on Sept.7, Oregon on Sept. 14, Wisconsin on Sept. 21 and Vanderbilt last weekend.

"I like the academics at Vanderbilt, the academics and tradition at Wisconsin, the offensive system and success at Oregon, the proximity to home for U of A, and the people/love/camaraderie at Oregon State," said Brown. "Every school I went to showed me a lot of love. The people involved in each school were all great."

With his brother living in the Nashville area, Brown's Vanderbilt trip was a combination of enjoyment, work and nostalgia, as the Commodores were the first program Brown took an unofficial visit to.

"This time was more a casual hangout with the coaches and players," Brown said. "They wanted to show me what it would be like once I was a player there."

Brown got that same kind of feel from Wisconsin and was more impressed with the new coaching staff's approach that the former staff.

"I wasn't too impressed with them on my first trip," said Brown. "I felt the old staff ran the ball too much, was too laid back and did not do much passing to receivers. When I met with the new coaching staff (this past June), they said they would be passing more and get the receivers more involved."

Being recruited by defensive backs coach Bill Busch and wide receivers coach Chris Beatty, Brown got a snapshot of what the Badgers' offense could be if it had some dynamic receivers.

"I liked how the environment was very different from Arizona with lakes and trees," said Brown, who was hosted by freshman linebacker and California native Leon Jacobs. "I liked how the university blended into the downtown Madison area."

Brown plans to graduate in December and enroll in January.

"The most important things I am looking for in the schools are early playing time," said Brown, "and having a great support system at the school (players/coaches/staff) that will look after me and help me go in the right direction in life."

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