I have a statement.
For the incoming freshman coming to USC, looking to support the program and looking to buy gear for the games, Amon-Ra St. Brown’s jersey is the one to get. He is almost a sure bet be great in the next years in college, and has great pro potential. Amon-Ra St. Brown is poised to be the next great Trojan.
SC is already stacked at receiver with both Tyler Vaughns and Michael Pittman Jr. slated to start at wide receiver. They are each established players who improved throughout all of last season, culminating in great performances during the PAC-12 Championship Game. Even so, Amon-Ra St. Brown should work his way into the passing game during his true freshman season. Last season, Tee Martin’s offense amassed 3,119 yards from the receiver position. Deontay Burnett and Steven Mitchell Jr., now departed, made up more than a third of those yards. There should be plenty of targets to go around.
Amon-Ra St. Brown should get many of those targets. Even in a deep group of receivers, St. Brown is expected to win a starting position. Standing at 6’ and weighing in at 190 pounds, Amon-Ra’s tangibles mirror those of USC’s recent greats. He has the same stature as Nelson Agholor, Marqise Lee, and Robert Woods. He’s only an inch and ten pounds short of JuJu. Beyond just the tangibles, St. Brown’s crisp route-running and hands make him the number 2 wide receiver in his class and a clear cut 5-star recruit. He attacks each route with preternatural quickness, and can run every route in the route tree. He has great hands, even making Odell-esque catches. His ability and route-running versatility allow him to play outside as well as in the slot, where he is expected to play for the upcoming season.
SICK ONE HAND TD CATCH by Amon-Ra St. Brown '18 of Mater Dei (CA) pic.twitter.com/deqrQVFdJW— UnderTheRadar (@_UnderTheRadar_) August 28, 2016
Amon-Ra St. Brown comes from a family with football pedigree. His brother Equanimeous was a standout receiver at Notre Dame, leading the team in receptions during his last two seasons. His other brother, Osiris, suits up for the Stanford Cardinal up north. He’s easily the most discussed freshman on USC’s roster, and there are plenty reason why.
Ultimately, much of Amon-Ra St. Brown’s production will come down to his quarterback. The current favorite to start, albeit by a slim margin, is true-freshman JT Daniels. Daniels was St. Brown’s high school teammate. In the past two seasons, their connection resulted in a crazy 132 receptions, 2549 yards, and 41 touchdowns. St. Brown obviously has incredible chemistry with JT Daniels. If both the two find significant playing time, expect their familiarity and knowledge of each other to manifest on the field.
Predictions for St. Brown’s freshman season have ranged from all time great to OK. Amon-Ra St. Brown certainly merits optimism, if not high expectations. I will be looking for Amon-Ra’s play-making, development, and quarterback chemistry. He definitely wields the tools and pedigree to succeed.