St. Brown brothers reunite at Notre Dame's Irish Invasion
You aren’t seeing double.
Or triple, for that matter.
During the third-annual Irish Invasion camp last Saturday, there was three — count them, three — St. Browns milling around inside Notre Dame Stadium. Three sets of reliable hands. Three unique first names. One Notre Dame wide receiver, perhaps with more to come.
While 6-foot-4, 205-pound sophomore Equanimeous St. Brown looked on with many of his teammates, 2018 consensus four-star wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown put on a show at the invitation-only event, piling up long touchdown catches in offensively dominated, 1-on-1 drills. Osiris St. Brown, a 2017 wide receiver and consensus four-star recruit in his own right, attended the camp as well but declined to participate in drills.
He didn’t have to. Notre Dame associate head coach and wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock already knows what Osiris is capable of.
So much so, in fact, that he cut together a tape.
“I’m on a really personal basis with him,” Osiris St. Brown said of Denbrock. “We definitely talk to each other a lot. He brought me into a little meeting and showed me some clips of myself compared to the players they had in their offense last season. He talked about how he would use me.
“He wouldn’t just put me at outside receiver. He’d move me around — inside, outside, all over the place, which I like. That’s what I want to do in college anyways. It was just cool talking to him again.”
The 6-2, 188-pound wide receiver also spent personal time with head coach Brian Kelly, who stressed that the Irish are pursuing him because of his talent, not his name.
“He pulled me aside and wanted to emphasize that they recruited me as myself and not just as my older brother’s younger brother,” Osiris said. “I definitely feel like I’m going to make my decision based on the school that fits me best, not just because my brother’s going there.”
Osiris’ current leaders are Notre Dame and Stanford, though the Santa Ana, Calif., product has also received scholarship offers from the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Miami, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington and more.
Osiris St. Brown plans to return to Notre Dame for an official visit, and he’s taking suggestions as to when.
“Coach Denbrock said Stanford would be a good one, because then I could see Notre Dame beat Stanford,” Osiris said with a laugh of the Oct. 15 matchup.
As for Amon-Ra, the youngest St. Brown brother’s decision likely remains in the distance, more than a year away. The 6-1, 187-pound wide receiver would like to announce his commitment sometime during his senior season at Mater Dei High School, and his current favorites include Alabama, Notre Dame, Stanford, USC and UCLA.
Like Osiris, Amon-Ra is considering the Irish more because of the program itself than the proximity to his older brother.
“It’d be nice if we all went to the same school or if I went to school with one of my brothers,” Amon-Ra said. “But at the end of the day, I’m trying to do what’s best for me.”
On Saturday, the best thing for Amon-Ra was not to attempt a backflip. After shredding an overmatched defensive back on a post route for one of several long touchdowns, the 2018 recruit took a few stutter steps in the back of the end zone before lifting off, under-rotating the backflip and landing awkwardly on his knees.
On one sideline, Equanimeous laughed. On the other, Osiris did the same.
If he commits to Notre Dame, Amon-Ra could earn many more opportunities to get it right.
“I didn’t realize how tired I was,” Amon-Ra explained, “so I couldn’t finish the back flip.”
Regardless, Amon-Ra did just about everything else. At one point, while running through a cone drill, he lost a cleat but proceeded to finish the drill and catch the football. He persevered, and among wide receivers, he stood out.
There were three St. Brown wide receivers inside Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday.
And though the camp is over, the question remains:
How many will there be for the home opener in 2018?