USC football: Nation’s No. 2 running back previews upcoming visit

Jason Brown is rated the nation’s No. 30 overall prospect, No. 2 running back and No. 1 player in the Pacific Northwest

Story by Andrew Nemec of SBLive Sports

The USC Trojans are set to host an impressive collection of visitors this weekend, but few are more impressive than 2024 O’Dea (Washington) running back Jason Brown.

The 5-foot-10, 203-pound ball-carrier is rated the nation’s No. 30 overall prospect, No. 2 running back and No. 1 player in the Pacific Northwest.

While Brown has previously informally visited USC as part of a group with Ford Sports Performance, this will be his first trip to see the Trojans as an individual recruit.

And he’s eager to check it out.

“I’m super excited to see what the university has to offer, see the plans they have for me in the future and see if that’s a fit,” Brown said.

Providing USC a big recruiting boost is its dynamic offense under Lincoln Riley, particularly given that the Trojans showcase a varied skillset in their backs.

“They are a super productive, super dominant offense,” Brown said. “Versatility is a big thing. That offense shows and highlights everything an NFL offense would want to see in a running back.”

Brown already holds offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, USC, Washington and many others.

Here’s what 247Sports had to say about Brown as a prospect:

“Brown is one of the premier playmakers in the state, regardless of class and while we loved him as a cornerback early in his career, it’s clear that his future is at running back. It’s also why he’s among the most heavily recruited backs in the country. Brown has showed he hasn’t lost a step as a defender. That said, he’s a running back now and in the future and he runs with power, balance and tremendous vision. He’s got some shiftiness to him but he’s more of a one cut and go type of back, not wasting a lot of time making cuts and juking, but hitting the hole and breaking off runs. His field vision is some of the best we’ve seen from a back in the state, probably since former O’Dea star Myles Gaskin, the four-time 1000-yard rusher.” 

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