It's a Perfect Time for the Aztecs To Land Equanimeous St. Brown
But Stanford and just one other California school are currently on a four-year bowl game streak. That other school is San Diego State.
You don’t hear much about the recent success of Aztec football because Steve Fisher and the men’s basketball team receive an overwhelming majority of coverage—and deservedly so. But yes, SDSU has had a postseason-level team for four consecutive years, more than the Bruins or Trojans can say.
Head coach Rocky Long said on National Signing Day that the program’s recent success draws local talent that may have never considered SDSU a few years ago.
“All of a sudden, right now, it's okay to come here,” he said. “We compete, we beat people we're not supposed to beat and we go to bowl games.”
Long and his staff rode the momentum of the program’s success to recruit the second-best 2014 class in the Mountain West behind Boise State, according to 247sports. And 17 of the 25 new Aztecs hail from California.
San Diego State made some nice splashes with its 2014 class. Dionte Sykes, ESPN’s 76th-best 2014 wide receiver, decommitted from UCLA and signed with the Aztecs. SDSU also picked up junior college transfer Pearce Slater (6-foot-7, 340 pounds), ranked 247sports' 31st-best 2014 offensive tackle.
But with the momentum SDSU is picking up—especially in California—and 2015 is time to make a big splash. It needs to take advantage of the program success and recruit at least one big-time star. And right now, I’m looking at Equanimeous St. Brown as that star.
SDSU has recruited well with wide receivers in the past, and St. Brown is a California kid. He'll be a senior next year at Servite High School in Anaheim, and is a perfect outside target and redzone threat; he stands 6-foot-5, weighs 205 pounds and runs a 4.44 40-yard dash.
247sports ranks him No. 10 among the rest of the 2015 receivers and ESPN ranks him eighth. His ESPN scouting report raves about his ball skills and playmaking ability.
The Aztecs have already made an offer to the star receiver—but join the club. According to 247sports, 20 other schools have made offers, including Notre Dame and Stanford.
If the Aztecs can persuade St. Brown to light up Qualcomm Stadium and spend his college years in sunny San Diego (it sells itself, just saying), SDSU would not only assert its recruiting presence in California, but would send a message to California’s power programs: You better watch out, because we’re on a roll and we’re not stopping any time soon.
Take a look at some of St. Brown’s highlights: