WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC
HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Anaheim, CA (Mater Dei)
247 RATING: .9948
POSITION RANK: 9
Receiving: 137 catches, 1,792 yards (13.1 ypc), 9 touchdowns
Receiving: 77 catches, 1,042 yards (13.5 ypc), 6 touchdowns
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Amon-Ra St. Brown Breakdown
When you come from the family he does, you’d understand why Amon-Ra St. Brown turned out the way he did. In a family full of elite athletes, the competition was always natural. So it’s not a surprise that St. Brown is one of the best receivers in college football. As the youngest, he’s always pushed himself to be the best and his brothers drove him to be great.
With Michael Pittman and Tyler Vaughns on the roster, St. Brown was fairly limited in the number of touches he could get to start. With Pittman off to the NFL, both Vaughns and he figure to get the ball in their hands more often. Even with his limited opportunities, St. Brown still managed to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark receiving. He’s a big-time deep threat, and will get more chances to show that in 2020.
In addition to taking the top off of a defense, St. Brown will get touches out of the backfield in the run and quick pass games. He’s not the biggest (adding some size would help), but he’s incredible once the ball’s in his hands. Contact doesn’t faze him and that includes catching passes over the middle in traffic. Tackling him isn’t easy because he’s a tough runner who typically refuses to go down on first contact. It’s almost as if he becomes a running back when he gets the ball. He has good vision to identify openings, and bounces off any oncoming tacklers to pick up extra yardage.
St. Brown can be the best of his brothers, and he already showed improvements in his game last year. He’s capable of making highlight reel catches with relative ease, and doesn’t lose speed when adjusting. Even if he takes a hit right as he catches the ball, he’s strong enough to hang on to the pass all the way to the ground. Already one of the best receivers in college football, we could watch St. Brown play for the Trojans for another two years. Pac-12 teams certainly don’t want that.