Amon-Ra St. Brown signs with USC on Signing Day 2018


USC added yet another elite receiver to their arsenal on Signing Day 2018 as Amon-Ra St. Brown signed his letter of intent for the Trojans.

USC continues to prove no one recruits the wide receiver position quite like the Trojans by adding to their riches with five-star pass catcher Amon-Ra St. Brown.

St. Brown, who is part of one of the most interesting families in sports, signed his letter of intent to USC on Wednesday as part of Mater Dei’s Signing Day ceremony.

Now Trojan fans will learn if the receiver named after an Egyptian god can make himself immortal in cardinal and gold.

The Skinny

USC is familiar with the St. Brown family, having recruiting older brothers Equanimeous and Osiris, who landed at Notre Dame and Stanford respectively. But it would seem the best was saved for last.

St. Brown is the top player in California for the class of 2018, ranking second among wide receivers and 11th nationally. That makes him USC’s highest rated player of the cycle.

The 5-11, 191-pound receiver announced his decision to join the Trojans at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.

Where He Fits in 2018

USC is already stacked at receiver, but that doesn’t mean St. Brown couldn’t make an immediate impact.

The departure of Deontay Burnett for the NFL leaves a hole that will need filling and St. Brown could be the man to do it, though he will have plenty of competition.

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Other gifted receivers have managed to become key cogs in the machine as true freshmen, but few of them have had so many other elite prospects to beat out first.

With Tyler Vaughns and Michael Pittman entrenched as starters at the outside positions, there should be a free-for-all for touches in the passing game between the likes of St. Brown, Joseph Lewis, Velus Jones Jr., Trevon Sidney, Josh Imatorbhebhe, Randall Grimes and others.

The X-factor for St. Brown? If JT Daniels wins the starting quarterback job, the built-in chemistry between the high school teammates could decide the battle.

High School Highlights

Amon-Ra St. Brown reminds us of…Robert Woods

He’s not the biggest or fastest receiver on the planet, but St. Brown comes to USC as the most Day 1-ready wide out in recent memory, with a game most similar to that of Robert Woods. The Monarch is an excellent route runner outside, and mostly encouragingly, has next-level spatial awareness for a player of his size, much in the way Woods showed in his time as a Trojan. It all allows him to play bigger than his 5-foot-11 frame, while still navigating through defenders as undersized target.