Beniquez Brown likes the Tide

Coming down to Tuscaloosa this weekend for Junior Day from the upper northwest corner of the state of Alabama was Florence High School's Beniquez Brown. A 6-3, 195, running back/outside linebacker prospect, currently holds two offers from the in-state SEC schools.

"It was good," Beniquez Brown said of the visit. "I really enjoyed it. We walked around campus and got to tour the facilities, which are top-of-the-line. I wanted to go and ask some questions like what would happen if I got injured, and it was good to find out I'd be well taken care of if that were to occur."

Brown made the trip with his mother, uncle, and cousin. This gave the family a better chance to get to know the people recruiting Brown and what to expect if he chooses Alabama.

"My Mom enjoyed it," said Brown. "She really liked everything they had to say. She especially liked Coach (Scott) Cochran. Coach Saban was talking to us and was telling us about Alabama's graduation rate and how they were serious about the players' academics. That was good for me to hear because I'm big on grades.

"That was my first time to talk to coach Saban face-to-face. He is a real serious guy. He is straight to the point and very and straightforward.

"He said I could play on either side. He said he sees me as a safety, but I can decide where I want to play. It is whatever I want.

"I knew they had a lot to offer, but after seeing it they have more than I expected. I can tell the coaches are going to do everything they can to make sure you are the best. They are going to make sure your academics are in order to graduate. If I don't make it to the NFL I will have something to fall back on and get my degree.

"He said if I came to be prepared to work hard, that they would get the best out of me, and we'd carry on the tradition they have at Alabama by winning championships."

Brown was named All-State honorable mention as a sophomore. This season he took off with 1,029 yards and 15 touchdowns at running back and 134 tackles (eight for loss), five sacks, seven forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and two interceptions at linebacker/safety. He was named 6A 1st team All-State.

"I sat in with Coach Pruitt (the coach of the secondary) to see what that was like," Brown said. "I saw that hard work in the weight room sure pays off because the players I saw were huge. I spent a lot of time with a good friend of mine, Reggie Ragland. We had a lot of fun. He was joking around and saying stuff like how we both could be playing here next year."
Although the two big in-state schools have offered, Brown wants to take his time making his decision and enjoying the recruiting process.

"I'm going to wait and see who all is going to offer me," Brown said. "Next weekend I'm going to Tennessee's Junior Day. I'll be at Auburn's on the 5th (March). I'm also receiving interest from Mississippi State and Georgia."

The Florence Falcons were only 4-6 this season yet Brown's play garnered a lot of attention and recognition. He's hoping to make even bigger waves as a senior.

"I've been doing a lot of running," Brown said. "I'm trying to get faster. I played basketball this year and might play baseball. I'm thinking I may be better off by concentrating more in the weight room though, so I may not be playing baseball this year.

"Next year, I want everybody to know who the best player on the field is every time I step on it and I want to win state. I'm just going to keep conditioning my body for play at the next level."

Brown says while there is no timetable on his college decision, Alabama is in good shape with him.

"They're in really good standing with me," Brown said of the Crimson Tide's recruitment of him. "The tradition, the academics, the players' will to win, it's a place I could definitely see myself playing.

"I'm looking at colleges with excellent academics, how the coaches are at coaching the players up, and how they take care of their injured players. Those are the biggest things I'm looking at in my search for the right school."

Brown had a huge offensive game this season in a win over Grissom. He rushed nine times for 177 yards with two touchdowns runs of 94 and 45. He also threw two touchdown passes for 47 and 13 yards to cement the 56-34 victory for the Falcons.

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