Among this year’s elite prospects, few have had more collegiate success than Ole Miss junior wide receiver A.J. Brown. While playing with D.K. Metcalf, an elite NFL prospect in his own right, Brown was able to stand out as a number one option on his team (though Metcalf did miss his fair share of games). With two wide receivers from the same college being viewed as top-tier fantasy assets in this year’s class, it begs the question: “which one should I take?”.
While it’s still early in the process, let’s take a look at why the answer just might be Brown when it’s all said and done.
As a recruit
Brown has been a well-known prospect ever since his high school days at Starkville High School in Mississippi. Ranked as a four-star recruit on ESPN as well as the 66th overall prospect in his class (seventh at wide receiver), he had multiple offers for his services from many big-name schools. Deciding between Alabama, Florida, Auburn, LSU, among others, the local high schooler decided to play his collegiate football at Ole Miss.
A 6’2”, 218 lbs (yes, this size in high school) force on the football field, Brown had big junior and senior seasons to put him on the national radar. In each of those seasons, Brown exceeded 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns. A multi-sport athlete, playing baseball and football, Brown was a top-tier wide receiver target in his high school class.
Watching this highlight tape of Brown below in his senior year, you can tell Brown was just a complete athletic mismatch to his competition. This is the type of athlete and player who college scouts fawn over, and it showed in the amount of high level offers he received.