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Brown talks Oklahoma offer, UCLA trip

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Playing on a Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe team with its share of FBS talent, Jalen Brown has been the headliner - the showstopper, so to speak.
The junior is the Pride's undisputed catalyst as both a safety and a wide receiver. He catches passes, makes interceptions and is as sure a tackler as there is in the state. So more than a full year before his high school career concludes, his offer list is starting to reflect his talent.
The latest heavy-hitting school to join the fray? Oklahoma. The Sooners produced the 2014 athlete's 16th scholarship offer on Thursday afternoon and did so in person. That's what kind of player Brown has become. Already, his recruitment is too important for a phone call.
"(Sooners defensive coordinator) Tim Kish came to my school during my last class of the day and offered me," Brown said. "They're a great school. They have great tradition and they have a pretty good program."
While in the building, Kish also chatted with Mountain Pointe junior offensive linemen Natrell Curtis, but that conversation didn't produce an offer. The trip from Norman, Okla., to the Phoenix foothills was all about Brown, who says he'd like to reciprocate the visit.
"I might be able to go out and check out the campus soon," he said. "I was out there a long time ago for a football combine, but that was freshman year. I got a little bit of understanding about where they're at, in small town.
A "small town" that shares a border with an NBA city, that is. But, hey, Brown admits he has a lot to learn when it comes to OU. That said, the last week of his life hasn't been all about the Sooners.
He says both USC and Michigan State have come close to making things official with an offer recently. He also accompanied his senior teammate Kenny Lacy on his visit to UCLA over the weekend. The trip yielded a verbal commitment from Lacy and a new perspective from Brown.
"Going to college with Kenny isn't the most important thing for me, but he's still one of my good buddies from high school," Brown said. "I think it would be cool to get to go to school with one of my buddies I grew up with."
Brown says it's much too early for him to name a favorite. He intends to attend games at in-state schools Arizona and Arizona State in the near future but has no other visits planned at this time.
"I see all my offers equally right now," he said. "I need to research all my options before I decide anything like that."
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