Film Study: Notre Dame WR signee Equanimeous St. Brown
WR signee Equanimeous St. Brown, 6-5, 200; Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
The numbers: St. Brown recorded 32 receptions for 485 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. Servite (4-7) struggled through the regular season and ended the year with a one-point loss to Long Beach Poly in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs. As a junior, St. Brown caught 42 passes for 725 yards and six touchdowns.
The rankings: Rivals – Four stars, No. 15 WR, No. 144 overall. 247Sports – Three stars, No. 51 WR.
First impression: St. Brown is a high-ceiling prospect with the tools to be an elite receiver. An underwhelming senior season lowers immediate expectations, but his long-term potential remains. St. Brown could provide a combination of size and athleticism that Notre Dame doesn’t have on its roster.
Strengths: St. Brown’s physical attributes alone make him a prospect worth getting excited about. He has good speed for a receiver with his height, and his freakish athleticism widens his catch radius. St Brown attacks the ball in the air and uses his long arms and soft hands to snag passes away from his body. He has shown the ability to make plays on intermediate routes and deep throws. A breakout season as a junior put him on the national recruiting scene as a tough cover at receiver.
He did what? (:06) St. Brown unleashes his speed on a screen to the left sideline. He avoids one defender and tiptoes near the sideline. Staying in bounds, St. Brown outruns all but one man. He cuts back to the middle of the field to set up a block and secure a long touchdown … (:35) St. Brown hauls in a short pass to the outside and turns upfield. With a defender chasing him, St. Brown is cut off by a cornerback near the sideline. As the cornerback tries to take out his legs, St. Brown shows his athleticism by hurdling over him … (Hudl vs. Orange Lutheran) St. Brown uses his size to make a touchdown fade look easy. He catches the ball away from his body and keeps his feet in bounds.
Competition level: Servite couldn’t keep pace with its loaded schedule. In addition to playing against some of the annual state powers in California, the Friars opened their season against Bishop Gorman, the USA Today national champions featuring Irish commits Nicco Fertitta and Aliz’e Jones. Servite’s losses included Concord De La Salle, Santa Ana Mater Dei, and St. John Bosco. The season finale against Long Beach Poly featured five-star cornerback Iman Marshall and UCLA cornerback commit Colin Samuel.
Left to prove: St. Brown’s lack of production as a senior with Oregon commit Travis Waller as his quarterback was surprising. Players of his talent should still be able to find a way to make plays at the high school level. He will need to find the success he had in his junior season when he arrives at Notre Dame. St. Brown will benefit greatly from a focus in the weight room to add thickness to his lanky frame. Developing his physical assets into better route-running will allow him to create better separation and make him a consistent possession receiver.
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