Just two days after a blockbuster 10th straight win over the Washington Huskies, the Ducks achieved a big victory in recruiting as 4-star wide receiver Jalen Brown of Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, Arizona announced his verbal commitment to Oregon via Twitter.
Brown is the best receiver prospect on the West Coast. He's smooth and fluid, a playmaker with the grades to earn scholarship offers from Yale and Vanderbilt, the talent to be high on the list for schools like Wisconsin and Ohio State.
His brother got a job in Nashville this summer. Many experts had him as a certainty to become a Commodore.
He started on the varsity as a freshman and made 1st team All-Region. He starred as a sophomore, catching 37 passes for 621 yards and 10 tds, named to the All-Section team. As a junior he caught 68 passes for 1,235 yards and 18 tds, winning Arizona State Gatorade Player of the Year.
He has a 3.42 grade average and a scholarship offer from Yale. Last year he participated in a community fund-raising effort to fight cancer.
Landing him to play alongside Royce Freeman, Tony James and Morgan Mahalak suggests that the Ducks of the future will be as explosive and exciting as the Ducks of the last five years. He's a game-changing talent, joining a group of game-changing talents with great attitudes and a shared commitment to being champions in work ethic and purpose.
So far in his senior season Brown has 21 catches for 483 yards and 6 tds for Mountain Pointe. His high school squad is undefeated at 6-0, top-ranked in the state after a recent victory over powerhouse Hamilton. The 6-2 wideout is averaging 23 yards a catch, and last week he also returned an interception for a td.
Brick house: The Vanderbilt Commodores had the inside track for receiver Jalen Brown, but he visited Oregon for the Tennessee game, announcing a verbal commitment to Oregon Monday night after his high school practice. Fluid and dangerous, he's one of the top wide receiver talents in the nation (Michelle Conway, East Valley Tribune photo).