Wide receiver Jalen Brown (Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Pointe) is making an early run at becoming the most highly recruited player in the West region for the 2014 class. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound two-way standout took another step tonight, as he added offers from Northwestern and Washington.
Brown said he'd been told over the past few days that offers from the Wildcats and Huskies would be coming, but he spoke to head coaches Pat Fitzgerald and Steve Sarkisian on Monday night, and both coaches extended offers.
Brown now holds offers from Pac-12 programs Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah and Washington, as well as Arkansas, Boise State, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Vanderbilt, among others. He said national powers Alabama, Florida, Michigan State and Notre Dame have made the most contact of schools that have not yet offered and admitted that this recruiting process could become difficult if things continue to progress this way.
"It's definitely going to be a challenge if things go the same way," Brown said. "With all the options and opportunities, it's definitely a challenge and will be a pretty tough decision."
Brown said he is in no rush to decide. While he added that he will make a commitment as soon as he feels comfortable, he can see this playing out for quite a while as he weighs his options. Without hesitation, Brown said the school pursuing him the hardest right now is Arizona.
"Definitely, U of A stands on top," Brown said. "Every coach sends a handwritten letter every week. That caught me by surprise. I knew I'd be getting letters, but not this many."
The offers capped a busy recruiting weekend for Brown, who was in attendance for Arizona State's home game against Oregon, as well as Arizona's home game against Washington. Brown also attended UCLA's victory over Nebraska earlier in the year and will again be at Arizona this weekend, as the Wildcats host USC. Brown said there are a few things he keeps an eye on during an unofficial visit.
"I'm definitely looking at the coaches," he said. "I see how they react to winning and losing situations, what type of offense they are running and the momentum and tempo they run it."
Brown stars on both sides of the ball for Mountain Pointe. The junior has 45 catches for 947 yards and 11 scores on offense, as well as three interceptions and a fumble recovery on defense. He said a majority of programs are recruiting him as a wide receiver, but some have left open the possibility of him playing either way when he gets to campus. Another decision he'll need to make is the type of offense he sees himself excelling in. With so many options available to him and the diversity of attacks in the Pac-12 alone, Brown said he has already put some time into thinking about that, with nothing to show for it at this point.
"I don't know where I'd fit in best," Brown said. "I can see myself being flexible in different offenses. I can't picture where I'd fit in yet."
But while Brown might still have questions about what style would fit him best, it's obvious that college coaches across the country have no such hesitation.