While A.J. Brown’s decision was mostly a mystery leading up to Signing Day, Mississippi State seemed to have all the advantages when recruiting him.
The four-star wide receiver played for Starkville High School, just minutes from the Bulldogs’ campus. The day before Brown was set to sign, 247Sports.com’s Crystal Ball had MSU as the favorite to land the No. 5 wide receiver in the country, with Ole Miss close behind and Alabama a distant third.
But on Wednesday, in front of a packed room, Brown signed with Ole Miss.
While fellow Starkville teammate Kobe Jones signed with Mississippi State, Brown had some strong words about his hometown team.
“I was going to stay, but I felt like they didn’t do a good job of recruiting,” Brown said, according to Michael Bonner of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. “I didn’t feel wanted.”
Coming from the No. 3 player in Mississippi, that is powerful.
“I felt like other schools wanted me more,” Brown continued, per Bonner. “I live in Starkville. I would expect MSU would be hard. Every day here.”