One of the hottest names from the Class of 2017 over the past few weeks, both on the field as well as in regard to his recruitment, has been Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei’s Osiris St. Brown.
After shining at the B2G Battlefield event in Los Angeles on Jan. 23, the ESPN junior 300 wide receiver put on another strong performance this past Saturday at the King of the I.E. 7-on-7 Tournament in Riverside while playing for Lids Team Sports.
Not surprisingly, St. Brown’s stock has done nothing but rise this offseason. Just in the past three weeks he’s received a new offer not only from Clay Helton and staff at USC, but also Arizona State, Stanford and Washington.
“It’s been pretty hectic lately,” said St. Brown, who now holds close to 20 offers. “I’ve been talking to a lot of coaches on the phone, and I even FaceTimed Coach [Chris Peterson] from Washington, so that was interesting. And some new offers have been coming in lately, so it’s been kind of overwhelming, but I’m still trying to stay focused on football.”
With USC being a local program that he grew up following, St. Brown said that the offer from the Trojans was one that he’s been waiting for.
“I’ve been going to SC camps since I think I was in eighth grade,” said St. Brown, who noted that he’s currently in the 6-foot-1 to 6-2 range, while weighing in at 182 pounds. “I’ve been talking to [USC wide receivers coach] Tee Martin for a long time, and now that they’ve offered me, it’s huge. They’ve always been one of my favorite schools. I always watched them because all the big players went there. But when I was younger I never actually thought I would have the opportunity to play there one day, but now I could do it. It’s really cool.”
In addition to Martin, another Trojans coach who has made a positive impression on St. Brown is Helton, who signed on as the Trojans’ permanent head coach in late November.
“When I went to the camps up there, I always remember Coach Helton being one of the coolest guys there,” St. Brown said. “I always liked him. And the fact that he’s the head coach now, I think that’s great for them, and great for the whole program.”
But USC isn’t the only recent offer that has had a significant impact on St. Brown. Stanford, which threw their hat in the ring last Thursday, is a program that he has always held in high regard.
“That was huge because they don’t really offer many people, especially this early,” St. Brown said. “So the fact that they offered me, that’s big for me. They’re probably going to be one of my top schools.”
Another school that will likely factor into the equation for St. Brown throughout the process is Notre Dame, where his older brother, Equanimeous, just finished his freshman campaign on the field. The Fighting Irish offered Osiris over a year ago, and they’ve also already extended an offer to his younger brother, 2018 athlete Amon-Ra St. Brown.
“They’ve always been a school that I knew I’d be looking at since the day that they offered me, and since the day that my brother committed,” St. Brown said. “I went up to the campus, and it’s a beautiful place, and the education is great. It would be cool, honestly, if I went there, and then my brother went there, and then if we could all three start at the same time. That would be crazy.”
At the same time, St. Brown is nowhere close to being able to separate any leaders from his long list of suitors at this point, and in an effort to help his decision-making process along, he hopes to visit Stanford, Cal, Washington and Oregon in the coming months, with a potential trek down the freeway to USC to participate in one of their camps this summer also a possibility.
“Right now I’m still open to everyone,” St. Brown said. “No. 1 for me is going to be education, and then secondly I’m looking at the opportunity to play as a freshman.
I’m waiting for a few more big offers, like maybe Ohio State, Oregon and some schools like that. But once I do get a few more of those big offers, I’ll probably start narrowing it down, and start taking some visits, and hopefully by the end of my senior year I’ll be able to commit.”