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5-star Mater Dei (Calif.) WR recruit Amon-Ra St. Brown discusses Michigan, more
A household name in the 2018 pool of top-notch recruits is Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei WR Amon-Ra St. Brown. A 5-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite, St. Brown widely is regarded nationally, ranked as the No. 2 receiver in the nation by 247Sports.
But St. Brown is narrowing his recruitment, with the goal of being at five schools by the fall. Already, the junior doesn’t sound like he has a top 12, or even a top 10 — there looks to be a specific group standing out to the nation’s No. 18 overall prospect.
Among them: Michigan, a school he visited during the Brady Hoke era and one he hopes to visit soon to rekindle a conversation he and Jim Harbaugh had two years ago in Detroit.
St. Brown spoke with Land of 10 on Monday and offered the latest on his recruitment:
On his current visit plans for the spring/summer: “A few teammates and I are trying to plan a visit to Alabama sometime this spring or summer, if we can fit (it) in our schedule. I’m probably going to visit Ohio State, too. My dad wants to get over there and check it out.
“I would love to go visit Michigan again. When I visited there, the old coaching staff was there, so I haven’t been there since the new staff was hired. So I’m going to try and get over there for a visit, too.”
On 10 of 11 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions for him going to Notre Dame: “Notre Dame is definitely not a for-sure thing; I’m weighing out all of my schools equally.”
On the schools that are standing out to him: “There are definitely some schools standing out, I’d say: Stanford, USC, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Alabama. Those are the big schools that stand out.”
On Jim Harbaugh: “I met coach Harbaugh at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit when he was first hired. He’s a high-motor guy and well-respected by everyone — I love his energy.”
On his workout regimen and recent bulk-up: “I’ve been working out with my dad and my brothers. The protein is called Cane Protein. Since taking it, and working out a lot more lately, I’ve gained 10 pounds. My dad started the company a few years ago.”
On the staff members he talks with most at Michigan: “I talked to the wide receivers coach Joe Hastings and the new associate head coach Pep Hamilton. He told me about how big their class was last year and how I could fit in really well in their offense. He said that he’s only taking one wide receiver in this class. A big thing for me in the school I choose is playing early, and he wants someone that can make a difference early, like me.”
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I see Michigan as a team sitting at the middle to bottom for St. Brown. Of course, that’s with his only visit coming in 2014, when Hoke was the Wolverines head coach and St. Brown was a freshman in high school.
If Michigan can get him to visit campus in the spring or summer, as it’s attempting to do, then it could provide some momentum in its recruitment of the third-ranked player in California.
Quick hitter: One wide receiver in 2018?
As St. Brown noted, Hamilton has told recruits that the plan is to take one wide receiver in the 2018 class. It definitely makes sense because Michigan took five scholarship receivers in 2017 and three in 2016.
Who can the one guy be?
St. Brown is an option, likely being a grand prize for the Wolverines if they can reel him in. Fellow California 5-star prospect Jalen Hall — the only receiver ranked higher than St. Brown — is the obvious, hopeful, target. But that is an uphill battle, with USC looking like a sure thing for Hall.
Other than those two names, Michigan really isn’t too high with any receiver prospect here early in the process. IMG Academy’s 4-star WR duo of Brian Hightower and Joshua Moore have heard from the Wolverines for a long time — Moore sounding more and more like a top target by the day.
There’s a lot of time left, and it’ll be interesting to see if Michigan sticks with its plan to add one wideout and to see who it will be.