MADISON - With 20 BCS offers before the calendar turns to March, Phoenix (AZ) Mountain Pointe wide receiver Jalen Brown hasn't even thought about narrowing down a list that includes some of the who's who of college football.
And while he doesn't have any favorites, it's hard for him to deny that Wisconsin – his newest offer – doesn't mean a little extra.
"My mom is from Madison and my grandparents still live in Wisconsin, so they are huge fans of the Badgers," Brown told Badger Nation. "I've never actually taken a visit up there, but my mom was real happy and my grandparents were real thrilled. Everybody is huge fans."
Recruited by secondary coach Bill Busch, the 6-2, 170-pound Brown – currently a four-star athlete ranked the No.7 receiver in the class by Scout.com – wants to plan a visit to Wisconsin over the summer or in the fall.
"I know they have a new coaching staff and that they are making improvements for this year, but they are always in bowl games," said Brown. "They have a lot of tradition. (My family being from Wisconsin) definitely plays a factor, but it's my decision in the end. They support me really well."
Brown was the state's Gatorade Player of the Year. He has been an impact for the Pride since his freshman year and had a super junior season. Brown made 67 catches for 1,235 yards and 18 touchdowns. On defense he made 26 tackles and four interceptions.
"For me, I take pride in my football IQ," said Brown. "I study the game a lot. I have a good gauge. For me as a receiver, I don't want to ever drop the ball. That's a big thing for me. Every day, I am improving my speed, strength, jumping ability, route running. Coaches have been telling me that I have good character and good academics."
Brown also has offers from Texas Tech, California, Stanford, USC, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Northwestern, Washington, Utah, Northern Arizona, Nevada, UCLA, Arkansas, Virginia, Colorado, Nebraska, Yale, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, Boise State, Arizona State and Arizona.
"Coming into this recruiting season, I figured colleges would be recruiting, but it struck me as how fast and how many schools have been talking to me lately, " said Brown. "I just feel really blessed and really glad that all these opportunities and places I could go to in the future and for college."
After recently visiting Arizona, Brown will visit UCLA and USC in a few weeks.