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Mater Dei's Amon-Ra St. Brown earned the MVP wide receiver award and a trip The Opening Finals at the Nike Football The Opening Regionals at El Camino College in Torrance on Sunday.

Mater Dei's Amon-Ra St. Brown doubles up with awards at Nike camp

OCVARSITY.COM

TORRANCE Amon-Ra St. Brown wasn’t going to let busted cleats or any other obstacles stop him from staking his claim as the top wide receiver at the Nike Football The Opening Regionals on Sunday.

The speedy All-County wide out from Mater Dei borrowed cleats after his equipment mishap but kept getting open to make one reception after another during afternoon drills.

And when the competition ended at El Camino College, St. Brown achieved his goal. The highly-recruited junior earned the camp’s MVP award for wide receivers and his ticket to The Opening Finals this summer in Beaverton, Ore.

“MVP was a goal of mine,” St. Brown said. “Obviously, The Opening Finals is huge. Everyone wants to go there, so I’m excited to finally get invited.”

St. Brown, the youngest of three brothers who are star wide receivers, said his competitive spirit pushed during the early-spring camp.

“I’m just a competitive guy. I like to be first,” he said.

Despite the issue with his cleats, St. Brown showed improved speed and an added 10 pounds of muscle that he credits to weight-lifting with his father, John, and his father’s protein, Cane Protein. John is a former world-class body builder.

St. Brown also excelled playing slot and outside receiver Sunday.

“My cleats broke during the camp so I had to go rent some cleats so my feet were hurting but I think I did pretty well,” he said.

As for recruiting, St. Brown said he is wide open. Colorado and Florida are among his most recent offers.

His Stanford-bound brother, Osiris, watched him compete at the camp Sunday. His other brother, Equanimeous, is at Notre Dame.

“I’m looking at every school equally right now, just trying to weigh things out,” Amon-Ra said.

NEW MONARCH SHINES

Mater Dei linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu (6-3, 220) also earned a spot in The Opening Finals after a versatile performance Sunday.

“It’s one of those things you dream about and it comes true,” said Tuliaupupu, a transfer from Claremont. “I’m very grateful. I’m humbled. ... (I’m) just going to keep working because there’s always room to improve.”

On Sunday, the junior played outside and inside linebacker and at the line of scrimmage.

“I surprised myself,” he said. “I’ve improved on my coverages a lot.”

Tuliaupupu’s recent offers include from LSU, Alabama and San Jose State.

MISSION VIEJO’S GRIFFIN RISES

Mission Viejo All-County cornerback Olaijah Griffin also grabbed a spot in The Opening Finals.

The junior was one of 10 players from the camp to earn an invitation. And like Tuliaupupu and St. Brown, he was excited to hear his name called.

“Amazing,” Griffin said. “It’s for the best, the best of the best. All that hard work that I’ve been going through, it’s just paying off.

“I think I did pretty good. Got some work in. It was very competitive. It was fun.”

Griffin said Oklahoma has been showing him interest recently. TCU and Nebraska recently offered him.

NOTES

Mater Dei sophomore quarterback JT Daniels, The Register's reigning offensive player of year, was selected as the lone underclassmen passer for the camp-ending half-skelly finals. Daniels, a class o 2019 recruit, showed outstanding accuracy. ...

Rising junior Servite cornerback Julius Irvin had a nice pass deflection during one-one-drills and also was selected to the half-skelly finals.

Other O.C. defensive backs in the half-skelly finals included Griffin and Mission Viejo's Chris Mitchell. ...

The county receivers in the half-skelly finals included Mater Dei's Nikko Remigio and CJ Parks and Servite tight end Ethan Rae. On Thursday Rae -- a sophomore -- was offered by UCLA, Friars football coach Scott Meyer said.

Please send football recruiting news and tips to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter


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