If there is anything we have learned about Sonny Dykes in his time at Cal, it is that he loves to recruit wide receivers, and AJ Brown could be next on his list, as well as the second wide receiver out of Mississippi to join the 2016 class. Cal is most likely going to lose many of its receivers this year, with the graduation of key contributors such as Bryce Treggs, Maurice Harris, and Darius Powe.
Luckily, the emergence of Chad Hansen as a viable option as well as the continued development of underclassmen such as Kanawai Noa, Carlos Strickland, and Brandon Singleton could help fill the holes along with the addition of Tennessee transfer Vic Wharton who had to sit out the entirety of the 2015 season. Nonetheless, the Bear Raid calls for the ball to be spread around, and it can't hurt for Dykes to pick up another elite receiver.
Enter A.J. Brown. Here are his final visits.
- Alabama (weekend of January 16th)
- Ole Miss (weekend of January 23rd)
- Cal (weekend of January 30th)
Waiting 2 watch this All Star game & the next great Cal WR (662) to Cali Where 4892 passing yards & 44 TDs happened pic.twitter.com/13m89Qyqn6— Coach Jacob Peeler (@PeelsJP) January 2, 2016
Cal faces steep competition for Brown, the number 57 recruit overall, who has impressed many coaches, including Nick Saban. According to Brown, the schools recruiting him the hardest are Cal, Ole Miss, Mississippi State (MSU), and Alabama, with MSU reportedly the favorite. Mississippi is a very difficult place to recruit given its proximity to many SEC schools but Cal has had some success there this year.
Brown has exceptional size at 6-1, 210 pounds, and could become an exceptional red zone target at the next level. Paired with his best Mississippi wide receiver bud (and current Golden Bear early entry) Jordan Duncan, Cal could have an elite pair of big-bodied targets.
Already garnering Julio Jones comparisons from the likes of Nick Saban, Brown has proven that he can compete against elite talent, as he reeled in two touchdown catches in the Under Armour All-America game.
Brown could become the touchdown machine that Cal could lose this year in Kenny Lawler.