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Alabama defensive lineman commit Bobby Brown recaps visit
Bobby Brown was the only Class of 2018 prospect who paid his own way to Tuscaloosa. He didn’t want to miss his future teammates celebrating their latest national championship win.
“It was great,” Brown told SEC Country. “I can’t even put words into what I [was] thinking. I was looking at Da’Shawn Hand and Raekwon Davis after the confetti came down, and I was looking at how happy they were celebrating. I want that.”
Brown brought along several family members and friends to Tuscaloosa this past weekend to take in the festivities. He couldn’t pinpoint what his favorite part of the trip was, but he was happy that he experienced this past visit with so many people closest to him.
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The nation’s No. 16 defensive tackle committed to Alabama back in December, shortly after de-committing from Texas A&M. Brown decided to de-commit from the Aggies because of the uncertainty of the coaching staff at the time. He wasn’t sure if defensive line coach Terry Price was going to be retained by Jimbo Fisher. Price ended up being kept by Texas A&M’s staff.
“It was a lot that went into that [decision] and process,” Brown explained as to why he decided to join Alabama’s recruiting class. “It was really the challenge that I’ll be taking on as a man. Coach [Nick] Saban, [outside linebackers] coach [Tosh] Lupoi and [defensive line] coach [Karl] Dunbar have the blueprint to be great. They’re going to challenge me to be my best. The school aspect — I look at the engineering program and what I want to major in — the dean of the engineering program is actually best friends with Coach Saban. That makes it all better.”
Brown committed to the Tide during the last day of the early signing period. He chose not to sign with Alabama because he didn’t realize he could actually sign to any school without having a ceremony. He said if he knew he could have just signed his letter of intent and faxed it to Alabama, he would have done so.
That has allowed the school he was once committed to to keep recruiting him.
“The only school I’m really hearing from is Texas A&M, but if I was to give you an estimate, yes, my recruitment is closed down,” Brown said. “I’m kind of tired of it. I think I really want to stay at Alabama. I think that’s where I want to go. I think Alabama is the right school for me because I know I’m going to go against the best of the best every day. I know I like competition. Competing every day is what I like. I know Coach Saban is going to lay out a foundation, and I can put my brick in that foundation and be able to have my name on greatness.”
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The 6-foot-4, 282-pound prospect has been questioned by other schools on why he wants to play for Alabama. Coaches elsewhere are still trying to say true freshmen don’t play at Alabama, but the National Championship Game would say otherwise. If the true freshmen didn’t end up playing against Georgia, it’s my opinion that the Bulldogs roll over the Tide with ease.
Brown knows that the depth on the defensive line in Tuscaloosa heading into next season isn’t that loaded, but even if it was, it wouldn’t bother him one bit.
“If I don’t play, it’s my fault,” Brown said. “The only one that dictates playing time in college is the person who is trying to earn playing time. The coach doesn’t dictate anything. It goes through you first before it gets to their desk of how hard you’re working and how much you’re producing.
“I want to earn playing time. I want to earn it. I don’t want to be given anything. If it takes me a year or two years to earn playing time, then so be it. At least I can say I earned it.”
While Brown is definitely one of the more outspoken recruits in the Tide’s 2018 class, he’s not one to pressure other recruits on where they should end up committing. He said he hated when other recruits would tell him which school he should choose when he was figuring out his own process. There were a select few recruits who he’d talk to to gather opinions, but that was it.
He didn’t pressure any of the major targets who were in town this past weekend, but he does have a message for those who are still considering signing with the Tide come National Signing Day.
“If you want to be great, why not come play for the greatest school there is and the greatest coach there is?” Brown said. “If you want to be at the peak of your game and be the best you can possibly be, come play for someone who will get you there.”
Brown will enroll at Alabama this summer. He admits that he hasn’t come up with a set list of goals he wants to accomplish in his first year just yet. But he does know two things that he wants to achieve by the time he leaves school: be remembered and win a championship.
“The main thing when I get to Alabama is I want to make a name for myself,” he said. “I don’t want to be the next Jonathan Allen, the next Myles Garrett, the next Von Miller, the next Jadeveon Clowney or the next J.J. Watt. I want to make a name for myself and my family. That’s my main goal. That’s my biggest goal. I want to be me. I don’t want to be compared to anyone else. I want people to be like, ‘He plays great football. He plays like Bobby Brown. You ain’t never seen anything like this before.’ I want people to be like, ‘Bobby Brown is my favorite player.’ I want to be a household name.”
Make sure you listen to the entire interview with Brown in the video below.
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