LSU lands 5-star WR Jalen Brown

LSU has had a lot of good news down the recruiting path lately, but all had been on the defensive side of the ball. That changed on Friday as a five-star wide receiver Jalen Brown jumped on board with Brian Kelly’s Class of 2023.

The Tigers beat Miami, Michigan, Texas A&M, Florida State and many others for the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder Gulliver Prep, who lives near the Miami campus.

“It was pretty much the environment and the relationships that I and the coaches have built over the past few months,” Brown told 247Sports’ Gaby Urrutia of why he made that choice. “I feel like the success the program has had at my position with all receivers in the NFL; it’s wide receiver U, and their offense is focused on my position.”

LSU wide receiver trainers Cortes Hankton played a role in Brown’s choice, as did moving away from the local school to experience something new.

“He’s a good coach and has helped a lot of players achieve their dreams,” Brown said. “He’s been in the game for a while and made it at his position. He’s a guy who’s been there and can guide me through the process.”

The 247Sports Composite ranks Brown the No. 29 in America, the No. 4 receiver and the No. 8 in the Sunshine State. 247Sports ranks him 40th overall, 6th for his position and 13th in the state.

As a junior, Brown showed tremendous speed on the gridiron with 1,033 yards and 11 touchdowns on 56 catches. He’s someone who can take the lead from a defense in a hurry and has a knack for making big plays. On the track he clocked an impressive 10.66 seconds over 100 meters as a sophomore.

Brown, who plans to enlist in January, hopes to show that speed early in his career.

“I’m just looking forward to going out for my first time with 103,000 people screaming and screaming,” he said. “It’s going to be a great experience and there’s nothing quite like playing football at Tiger Stadium.”

Below is a look at 247Sports’ assessment of Andrew Ivins’ latest Tiger.

A true deep threat that takes the top out of a defense with elite foot speed. Has not only improved track times over the years but has also evolved as a footballer. Best when asked to just go deep as he’s almost mastered the fly/go route. Has also hit his fair share of cornerbacks and safeties on post/corner routes. Highly pursues the ball once it’s in the air and can reach over the shoulder. Has also gotten better and better at taking on defenders and making contested catches. Might stretch the field better than most but needs to get better at working the short to medium numbers in the route tree and needs to learn how to lengthen plays after catch, especially after contact. Will likely need to add some mass as well if he’s ever going to be an effective Power 5 level blocker. However, after lifting/eating in college, the body should eventually go through some kind of physical transformation, and additional skill level will only help it become more of a complete wideout. Will likely be a year or two before he’s ready to make an impression on Saturdays, but should be viewed as a vertical playmaker that quarterbacks will want to target when it’s time to make a shot. Might burn a bit in the slot but from the outside looks more like a natural in a modern pro style attack. Top-notch speed (10.6 in the 100-yard dash and 21.1 in the 200-yard dash) is what NFL scouts covet these days.

Brown’s signing gives LSU 13 signings for the Class of 2023, and he is the seventh signing this month.

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