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Thursday, March 14, 2013
Jalen Brown recaps his Los Angeles visit

By Erik McKinney

ESPN Watch List wide receiver Jalen Brown (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe) is dealing with a shoulder injury, but that hasn't slowed his recruiting process.

Brown was in Los Angeles this past weekend, and while he was unable to participate at the Nike Camp, he was able to stick around and take unofficial visits to UCLA and USC.

He was with teammates Natrell Curtis and Dominique Fenstermacher at UCLA, and while Fenstermacher had to miss the USC trip, the group had Shawn Franklin in tow during the visit to the Trojans.

Brown is pushing toward 30 offers at this point, including ones from Arkansas, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford and Wisconsin. But he is a long way from making a decision or even getting close to narrowing things down. That being said, the trip to the Pac-12 rivals gave him a better look at what each has to offer.

"It was my first time on the UCLA campus," Brown said. "I was at the Rose Bowl for the Nebraska game, but I like the campus. It's a nice environment. I liked talking to the coaches and I got to connect with my receivers coach."

Overall, Brown said the trip didn't do much to change his interest in UCLA, which is a good thing for Bruins fans at this point.

"It made it more reassuring in how I felt about them," he said. "That's what kind of atmosphere I want to be around when I'm playing and attending school. But everyone is still on the same level right now."

It was Brown's second visit to USC, as he attended the Trojans' junior day in 2012. But much has changed since then.

"The new coaches are there and I got to meet with them," Brown said. "I got to see the new facilities and take a nice campus tour. The team was at practice on Tuesday as well, so I got to attend all the meetings and watch spring practice.

"I liked how everyone was so focused and into the meetings. The coaches were showing plays and teaching them throughout the meeting. They were having fun, but making it businesslike."

Back in Arizona, Brown said the trip to the coast was a positive experience and he got along well on both campuses.

"I think I could fit in there," he said. "I liked Westwood and Los Angeles. I didn't see a problem with either one of them. Both campuses are much different than the city. That's a totally different place in itself."

Now, Brown is focused on getting back on the field. He begins rehab for his injured shoulder on Monday, and believes he will be good to go in a matter of weeks. With several 7-on-7 tournaments scheduled in Phoenix as well as one in Los Angeles this spring, Brown is looking to get his name among those players being talked about this offseason. But before those events, Brown is hoping to head to California on another unofficial visit tour, as he wants to see Cal and Stanford this spring.