Another familiar name is coming to Tallahassee.
FSU fought hard for blue-chip wide receiver Jalen Brown but eventually finished as the runner-up (with the hometown Miami Hurricanes in third place) after he picked the LSU Tigers a year ago. After a lightning-fast recruitment in the transfer portal, Brown, at 6’1 178 pounds, announced today that he has chosen to transfer to Florida State:
I'm in Tallahassee, FSU, I'm with the Seminoles https://t.co/bQ7zZ0ndvK— Jalen Brown (@Karatekid_Jalen) January 6, 2024
Brown played in three games for the Tigers this year against Mizzou, Army, and Georgia State without recording any statistics. He preserved his redshirt and has four seasons of eligibility remaining. Brown was expected to play a much larger role in the Tiger wide receiver rotation next season, but instead he’ll be suiting up for the Seminoles.
A former blue-chip (and one-time five-star) who finished ranked inside the top 80 nationally, Brown is able to play on the inside or outside and can be moved around to fit various offensive schemes. He was among my favorite wide receivers in his cycle, and I had this to say about him as a prep recruit:
The first thing you notice about Brown is his advanced footwork and ability to change direction on a dime. Though he is still a raw talent, this skillset will help him greatly with mastering routes and improvising when the quarterback scrambles. He is able to make over the shoulder catches look routine, and has great spatial awareness when using the sideline against defenders. His confidence out there is a blast to watch because he often backs up smack talk, and he has the potential to develop into a dependable starter who can break big plays every game.
I sincerely hoped for a Hykeem Williams-Jalen Brown tandem in #Tribe23 and it will now happen, just one year later than hoped.
From his LSU bio:
One of the nation’s top receiver prospects for the Class of 2023 … A consensus 4-star receiver who is ranked as high as No. 11 nationally at his position by ESPN.com … In On3 composite rankings, rated No. 62 overall nationally and the No. 15 wide receiver … In 6 games in 2022, caught 22 passes for 401 yards and 3 TDs … Hauled in 111 passes during his prep career for 2,396 yards and 25 TDs …. Named to MaxPreps Junior All-American second-team offense… Also was a Miami Herald All-Dade 5A-IND selection… Team went 11-2 and made Florida’s 4A State playoffs in 2021 after advancing to the semifinals in 2020 … Also runs track… Regional champion in the 100-meter dash as a sophomore… A state qualifier in the 200-meter dash who has been clocked at 20.98.