Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we talk the latest with a major 4-star defensive tackle from Texas.
Bobby Brown keeping his recruitment tight-lipped
Bobby Brown, a 4-star defensive tackle from Lamar High School (Arlington, Texas), rose on Alabama’s wish list of targets in the Class of 2018 after he balled out at the team’s first summer camp in early June.
He wasn’t planning on working out that day, but his mother told him prior to going that he should because he hadn’t worked out in front of coach Nick Saban before. His mother’s advice paid off.
“She told me that I needed to show Nick Saban what I could do,” Brown told SEC Country. “I had a chance to talk to him after the camp and he told me that he liked my game and my personality. I feel like I have the potential to be a great player at Alabama if I went there.”
Brown has a leader in his recruitment, but he won’t publicly say which team is on top. He also won’t say which school has created the best relationship. Brown is an old-school recruit. He’s not interested in getting his name out in the media every single day.
“I’ve had a leader for some time now, but I like to keep my business to myself,” Brown said. “I don’t really like being ‘famous,’ you could say. I just like playing football and the interviews come with this process. But, I like keeping my business private.”
He feels like he has the right mindset to play for Alabama if that was the school he ended up choosing on Nov. 2, which is his uncle Demetric Shaw’s birthday. Brown calls him a brother, so that’s why he decided on that date for his commitment.
When he visited Alabama, two important factors wowed him.
“I like being successful and I like working hard,” Brown said. “When I went on that visit, all I saw was success and hard work. That’s what caught my eye.”
The 6-foot-5, 266-pound prospect was expected to visit next weekend for the team’s Champions Cookout, but he won’t make it. He’ll visit Texas instead. Brown said money is tight right now and it’s easier for him to get to Austin than it is Tuscaloosa. He’s planning on returning to Alabama this summer, but there’s no set date for that trip. He also doesn’t know of any official visits, but he said he definitely wants to visit Florida State this fall.
Brown mentioned Alabama, Florida State, Houston, LSU, Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma as the schools he talks to on a regular basis. On the Crimson Tide’s end, outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi is Brown’s primary recruiter, but he also talks to defensive line coach Karl Dunbar, too.
“They’ve been telling me the same thing since day one,” Brown said. “There are no guarantees that I can start immediately, but I could see some early playing time. They love the way I play the game. I have a really good connection with them. I have a really good relationship with Coach Tosh. He’s a really energized coach. I can tell he loves the game of football.”
The nation’s No. 16 defensive tackle is aware that Alabama is in need of several interior linemen in this class. But early playing time isn’t a necessity to him. He knows wherever he goes, he’ll have to put in the work to see the field.
“Early playing time is guaranteed to nobody,” Brown said. “Coaches can say that and it may not be true. So, that’s not a factor for me at all. When coaches tell me that, it goes in one ear and out the other.”
Alabama redshirt freshman offensive lineman Chris Owens is a former high school teammate of Brown’s. Those two still talk to each other, but Brown would not disclose what he and Owens have discussed regarding Alabama.
Those two used to go against each other in practice every day. Owens usually got the best of him.
“The harder you get hit, the harder you have to hit back,” Brown said with a laugh when asked what he learned from Owens. “He won the majority of the battles back then. He was just so powerful. I was only a sophomore at the time, so he was much stronger than me.”
While Brown won’t disclose his private leader, I can say that the Alabama staff feels good with where it stands with the 4-star prospect.
Nation’s No. 2 DT Michael Thompson has Alabama in top 5
Michael Thompson, a 4-star defensive tackle from Parkway North High School (St. Louis), released his top 5 on Thursday night and Alabama along with LSU, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio State made the cut.
Thompson last visited Alabama in January for junior day but hasn’t returned to Tuscaloosa since then. Missouri is viewed as the team to beat. He’s visited that school more than any other, and the Tigers’ entire coaching staff is actively recruiting the in-state prospect.
He’s expected to visit Missouri again later this month. I don’t think Alabama is a serious contender here.
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