USC Football: Five new Trojans who could start as freshmen
Amon-Ra St. Brown | Receiver
Daniels’ high school teammate, Amon-Ra St. Brown has an even better shot to earn the first start of USC’s freshman class, despite a crowd at wide receiver.
St. Brown was the Trojans’ highest-rated player in the class for good reason. He is a natural receiver with the right physical and mental tools to hit the ground running in college. Sure, he’s not the biggest or the fastest, but his precise route running, body control and dependability as a pass catcher should help him gain the confidence of the coaching staff in no time.
Plus, there is a starting job up for grabs at receiver. Though Tyler Vaughns and Michael Pittman are set to start on the outside, Deontay Burnett’s departure may be what opens the door for St. Brown’s debut.
He’ll have to beat out established back ups like Velus Jones Jr. and Trevon Sidney, but neither of those have showed enough to be certain of taking over the top spot on the depth chart in Burnett’s place.
As with Daniels, the key for St. Brown’s hopes of starting immediately hinge on receivers who will participate in spring ball failing to grab hold of the spot while they have the chance. If there’s an opening, the receiver named after an Egyptian god should live up to his namesake.