Calvary’s Shun Brown always had his eye on Arizona.
Following his weekend visit to Tuscon, Ariz., for the Southern Cal game, Brown verbally committed to the Wildcats.
“I wanted to go out there and see how the school was,” Brown said. “I loved it out there, and I decided that’s where I wanted to be in the long run.
“(Co-offensive coordinator Calvin Magee) was calling me and telling how great of a school it was, and I had to come out there and see it.”
Magee is a New Orleans native who’s been hitting the entire state of Louisiana hard in recruiting as Brown joins Calvary teammate Orlando Bradford (running back) and Haynesville linebacker Kendrick Jackson as Arizona commits from this area.
The then-No. 10 Wildcats (5-1) lost their first game of the season when their comeback attempt fell short against USC on Saturday, 28-26.
Brown, who leads the area with 34 catches, 553 yards and 11 touchdowns through six games, is considered a receiver by Arizona after some schools were targeting him as a defensive back.
“Orlando is excited, and a couple of guys from around here are Arizona commits,” Brown said. “Other Arizona guys hit me up on Twitter … and it felt like a family.”
Arizona defeated Boston College in the Independence Bowl under Rich Rodriguez’s second season. Brown said he didn’t attend the I-Bowl, but he did watch the Wildcats practice on Calvary’s campus for a short period during bowl week.
Brown voiced his desire to commit to Mississippi State this summer, but the Bulldogs didn’t have any scholarships left at the time of his verbal commitment.
“Two days before I committed, their slots were filled,” said Brown, a three-start recruit who also had offers from Pittsburgh, Tulsa, Southern Miss and ULM among others. “I had to wait to see if anybody decommitted … but I decided to move on.”