Jalen Brown to Oregon: Ducks Land 4-Star WR Prospect
Four-star wide receiver Jalen Brown has announced his commitment to the Oregon Ducks.
I want to thank every program in my recruiting process and I am blessed to be in this situation!— Jalen D. Brown (@jdbrown2014) October 15, 2013
Justin Hopkins of 247Sports.com followed with additional insight into Brown's decision and how it will impact Oregon's future recruiting process:
He becomes the first receiver commitment in this class, which will likely include one more if the stars align.
Brown is the fourth 4-star for Oregon in this class. The Ducks continue to assemble a quality class from around the country.
The four-star plans to enroll early.
Brown, a 6'2", 187-pound Phoenix native, is the No. 20 receiver in the 2014 class, according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings. He received offers from schools ranging from the Pac-12 to the Big Ten to the SEC to the Big 12 during the recruiting process.
He raised eyebrows at the IMG West Regional Championship, a seven-on-seven tournament designed to showcase some of the top recruits in the country.
Brown is an ideal possession receiver, with the height, ball skills and body control to be an asset at the next level. For being a taller receiver, he's noticeably elusive, displaying the quickness, change-of-direction skills and balance to produce yards after the catch.
The Mountain Pointe High School product has soft hands with the ability to catch balls away from his body and pluck jump balls out of the sky. He's also displayed a knowledge of the game beyond his years, possessing the route-running and instincts needed to expose holes in the defense.
As far as weaknesses, first and foremost Brown must add strength to be able to make a consistent impact in college—he's gained some weight since the winter, but is still fairly lean right now. He's also not incredibly explosive or fast, so he's likely not going to be a legitimate deep threat.
Will Jalen Brown have a solid career in college?
If you're looking for a possession receiver who could surprise at the next level, Brown is a smart candidate. He can catch balls both inside and outside and he's displayed the fearlessness needed to catch balls in traffic.
Brown was named all-section as a sophomore in high school. He caught 37 passes for 621 yards and 10 touchdowns in the campaign, per Scout.com. He caught 68 balls for 1,235 yards with 18 touchdowns in his junior year, via the video above.
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