A.J. Brown was a star wide receiver at Starkville High School, just a couple miles from the campus of Mississippi State, but the Ole Miss-signee has no sentimental feelings about his hometown school.
“I want to be a Freshman All-American, period,” Brown told Yancy Porter of Scout.com. “I want to have a breakout game against Florida State. I especially want to have one against Mississippi State. I want at least four touchdowns against them. It’s personal.”
Brown, a two-sport star who plans to also play baseball for the Rebels, is the No. 5 wide receiver in the Class of 2016, according to the 247 Sports’ composite rankings, and the No. 38 recruit in the nation.
On Signing Day, he surprised many by putting on an Ole Miss hat and signing with the Rebels over Mississippi State, Alabama and California. But Brown said it was an easy choice all along.
“Oh, I pretty much knew where I was going from the start,” Brown told Porter. “People don’t understand. If you visit Ole Miss you don’t have a choice but to like it. Man, it’s just so fresh at Ole Miss. There’s nothing not to like about Ole Miss, to be honest. I just loved their coaches and players. They always made me feel the most at home.”
At 6’1’’, 220 pounds, Brown is built similarly to Laquon Treadwell, a First-Team All-SEC selection in 2015, whom the Minnesota Viking selected in the first-round of the 2016 draft. Brown said he doesn’t really like the comparison. However, he said he intends to try to break the records Treadwell set at Ole Miss.
He’s even asked Treadwell’s advice for how to pull it off.
“The biggest thing [Treadwell] always tells me is to work my butt off if I want to break his records,” Brown said to Porter. “The best piece [of] advice he has given me is about what to expect when two-a-days roll around. He tells me to just go out there and compete every snap like it is a game and don’t worry about who is going to start. Just compete everyday and let it play out.”