Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei junior guard Elijah Brown received a scholarship offer from a retired USC staff member and was just re-offered Lincoln Riley earlier in the week.
Brown said he hasn’t spoken much to USC since Lincoln Riley was hired. That has changed in the last couple of weeks and he was on campus last weekend for the big Trojans/Junior Day pool party.
“I in fact, until recently, I didn’t have much contact with new employees of the University of Southern California, Brown said. “I first met Coach Riley last weekend when I attended a pool party.
“It was great, I had a great time there. I had the opportunity to talk to him and get to know him better. It was pretty casual, and then we called earlier in the week, and that’s when he offered me a scholarship.”
Brown said they talked about football and he knows Riley’s background in developing quarterbacks.
“It was a good call, I enjoyed talking to him,” Brown said. “We still talked on a personal level, but we also talked about football and the direction the program is taking.
“I followed him in Oklahoma and I know he had some great quarterbacks to work with. He’s a great coach and it will be interesting to see what he brings to USC.”
Brown and his Monarch teammates also played in the USC 7v7 back in June.
“I definitely think that played a part too,” Brown said. “I had the opportunity to practice in front of the coaches, so it was great. I have a lot of interest in USC, but I’m going to take my time and just enjoy the process.
“I have no plans to make a premature decision. I’m going to finish my junior year and then I’ll focus more on my set. I’m still open to everyone and happy to act it out.”
Brown is ranked among the nation’s top quarterbacks in the 24s class and is shortlisted when it comes to the best signalmen in the West, regardless of class.
He is currently ranked 55th in the national 247Sports Composite and 44th in the Top247. He is a unique talent with an advanced sense of position.
He has started every game for the Monarchs since his freshman year (17 games) and is currently playing 17-0 on one of the tightest schedules in the country. He had huge boots to replace the late Bryce Young (Alabama) but the Monarchs didn’t miss a beat.
Brown is one of those quarterbacks who never seem flustered. His poise and ability to stay calm and take big shots in stressful situations with the chaos around him is now college level.
Over the past two years, we’ve seen him stand in the pocket and throw big shots, but never flinch or make accurate shots across the field into small windows. His precision, hardness and touch are all additional tools for him, along with his maturity and polish.
He’s made a good physical leap this offseason, looking bigger and starting to get in shape. His arm also looks stronger and he throws with great confidence.