After missing out on a five-star prospect earlier on Friday LSU didn’t let another get away.
The Tigers picked up their first commitment from a five-star talent with a pledge Friday night from wide receiver Jalen Brown of Gulliver Prep in Miami.
The 6-foot-2, 178-pound Brown selected LSU over Miami, Florida State, Michigan and Texas A&M.
“What better place to take my talent to than Louisiana State University?” Brown said before revealing a Tigers t-shirt he was wearing beneath a hoodie was wearing.
Brown made the announcement during a commitment ceremony from Miami that was streamed live on his personal Instagram account.
“We’re gonna win a natty (national championship), man,” an emotional Brown told supporters while walking afterward amid family members and friends who had gathered to watch the ceremony. “I love y’all.”
The Tigers were able to celebrate the addition of the explosive Brown following the day’s earlier news that five-star quarterback Dante Moore of Detroit opted for Oregon over LSU and others. LSU also lost out Friday on Michigan high school offensive lineman Cole Dellinger, whose brother Garrett Dellinger plays for the Tigers. The younger Dellinger committed to Michigan State.
Following a prolific week with six commitments, all from defensive players, Brown becomes the 13th overall commitment for LSU in the Class of 2023 and the second from a wide receiver along with three-star Kyle Parker of Lucas, Texas. Brown is the consensus No. 5 wide receiver nationally and composite No. 9 prospect in Florida. On3Sports rates him as high as the No. 22 overall player in the country.
LSU’s class moved to No. 7 nationally per On3Sports and No. 8 according to 247Sports.
With 10.66 speed in the 100 and 21.36 in the 200, Brown represents the kind of legitimate big-play threat LSU covets.
Committed to play in NBC Sports’ 2023 All-American Bowl, Brown was selected to MaxPrep.com’s All-America second team and the Miami Herald’s All-Dade County team in 2021 after averaging 120.3 total yards per game. He averaged 27.8 yards per catch in 2020 (18 catches for 500 yards, 8 TDs) and 18.4 in 2021 (56 catches for 1,033 yards, 11 TDs). Brown also finished last season with 218 yards on kickoff returns.
Gulliver Prep (11-2) advanced to the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs in Florida, falling 36-33 to Cardinal Gibbons during a game in which Brown caught five passes for 35 yards and added 46 yards of kickoff return yardage.