Derrick Brown, Georgia’s No. 1 prospect, is fresh off his official visit to Alabama, and it could not have gone any better for him and the Crimson Tide.
Brown, a 5-star defensive tackle from Lanier High School (Buford, Ga.), told SEC Country that his visit to Alabama has increased the Tide’s chances of landing him.
“The visit put them in a better place for me,” Brown said. “That’s for sure. The state of the program is great. I enjoyed getting to sit down and talk with (Alabama defensive line coach Bo) Davis. Being able to hang out with (Alabama defensive lineman) Jonathan Allen was really cool, too.”
The trip was his first one since early April. It was also the first time he had a chance to speak with new Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt in person since he was not retained by UGA.
Brown said talking with Pruitt this time around wasn’t anything out of the ordinary from his previous conversations when he was a member of the Bulldogs’ staff.
“It really wasn’t anything different. You just have to understand that it’s a business,” Brown said. “He was just telling me the same things he was telling me at Georgia. Coach Pruitt has always been straight up with me. You have to pick the school where you want to go. You can’t choose a place because of coaches.”
Coaches do play a role in Brown’s recruitment, though. It’s no secret that the 5-star is very close with UGA defensive line coach Tracy Rocker. Rumors have circulated around whether or not Rocker will be retained. It should be noted that Rocker did not attend UGA’s big recruiting event over the weekend.
If Rocker was to leave UGA, would Brown’s affinity toward the Bulldogs change at all?
“I don’t know yet. We are just going to have to wait and see,” Brown said. “He’s definitely been my lead guy for Georgia. Ever since he got there, he has made me feel like a priority.”
UGA coach Kirby Smart didn’t have a chance to meet with Brown in person before the dead period started, but he did get a chance to have a 10-minute phone call with the U.S. Army All-American on Sunday night.
“He told me to give him the chance to recruit me,” Brown said. “He told me to wait and see who he’s going to hire and give him the chance to recruit me.”
The 6-foot-4, 318-pounder said Smart expects to have his entire staff solidified in the next two weeks.
Behind the scenes, Brown remains a strong lean to UGA, though Auburn, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi State remain as big players in his recruitment.
Don’t expect him to name a leader any time soon, however.
“My leader will be the school I commit to on National Signing Day,” Brown laughed.
He is rated as the nation’s No. 8 overall recruit in the country and is the No. 3 defensive tackle.