Coming into the 2019 season, the wide receiver position at Michigan State is one of the deepest in not only the Big Ten, but perhaps the country.
That hasn’t stopped Mark Dantonio and the rest of the Spartans’ coaching staff from trying to bring in future pass-catchers as 2019 3-star athlete Alante Brown out of Simeon High School in Chicago has made his verbal commitment to Michigan State as of June 28.
Brown is a 5-foot-10 and 181-pound athlete who currently plays quarterback for Simeon but is expected to shift to wide receiver at the next level. One of the top prospects in the state of Illinois took some time to speak with us about his commitment and his thoughts entering his senior year of high school.
Brown has always been big on Michigan State. He said he “couldn’t believe it” when the MSU offer came through. You can tell how much he cared because he “had always talked with friends and family about playing at MSU and it has really been a dream of [his]. It meant a lot when that offer came.”
Before that special offer came through, Brown took a visit to East Lansing. He said there was something really special about the atmosphere. It stood out to him that “all the coaches and players really get along and are working together.”
The decision to join Michigan State’s recruiting class came after Brown de-committed from Miami (OH) back in June. Brown said the process all started with a camp at Missouri and an offer from them. He said, “At that point, I decided the best thing for me personally was to re-open my recruitment and see what other offers were out there.”
The real question, though, is whether or not Brown will be able to make the transition from quarterback to pass catcher. He thinks it should go well, though. The MSU commit explained how his experiences as a quarterback will give him a boost in his journey to becoming a wide receiver.
“For one, I know all the routes from a quarterback perspective. I know where I need to be, and the ability to read defenses is something I think will help me. It’s going to be a challenge, but a challenge I’m looking forward to.”
In addition to the mental side of the wide receiver position, Brown told Armchair a secret as to why he’ll be able to make the adjustment. Brown has great hands. He explained why people don’t know about them, though, saying, “Playing at quarterback I don’t get [many] opportunities to show off my hands.” That won’t be a secret for long, though. His “coaches have put in a few trick plays for [him] to showcase that in games this season.”
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