Brown may be the best

One of the leading candidates for the top defensive lineman in Alabama this year, Madison's David Brown is an intriguing prospect.

At 6-3, 260 pounds, David Brown is an aggressive player with tremendous upper body strength and very powerful legs. When the Brown family moved back to Alabama several years back, David was just a 6-0, 180-pound freshman. Since then the Bob Jones High School standout has developed into the statuesque defensive figure of today.

His progress hasn't escaped the attention of Tide recruiters. "Alabama was the first school to offer me," Brown noted. "I really like their coaches, especially coaches Wyatt and Randolph."

Still developing physically, Brown's high school coach plans for him to split time as a senior by playing defensive tackle on running downs and moving out to defensive end on passing downs.

In an earlier interview with, Brown described his skills as a football player. ""I played some defensive tackle and some defensive end last year," he said then. "I even played at outside linebacker -- my position was modified for different game situations. I get to the ball pretty quick and think I have good vision; I can see the offense's plays developing better than most people."

Timed at 4.87 in the 40-yard dash, Brown has the speed to disrupt any attack. "I have good speed for my size," he continued. "I'll see a lot more defensive tackle this year because I'm bigger. I feel like a totally different player, and I know that I'll get even bigger and stronger in the summer."

The son of an Army colonel, Brown has traveled and lived throughout the United States and in two foreign countries. Born in North Carolina, Brown then moved with his family to Kansas, then to Indiana and then overseas to Korea. They returned to the U.S. in Ohio before moving to Ontario, Canada, and finally back to Alabama.

For his mother and father at least, the last move was a homecoming. Both Brown's parents graduated from Alabama. His older sister recently graduated from Auburn.

Athletes with his combination of size and athleticism are hard to find, and his recruiting list reads like a who's who of major colleges. Alabama, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Auburn, Stanford, Notre Dame, LSU, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Louisville have all shown moderate to strong interest, according to Brown.

He reports offers from the Tide, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt, LSU, South Carolina and Stanford. "I like Alabama, Auburn, Stanford, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech," Brown said. "But I'm really wide open."

Last season Brown made All Metro and All Region as a junior after producing 85 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and eight sacks from his defensive end position.

Brown's coaches report that he is a leader by example on and off the field, becoming a fixture in his high school weight room this summer. If he continues to grow, then Brown would become a candidate for defensive tackle. But he'll need to develop more of a mean streak if he hopes to dominate on the inside.

Brown bench presses 320 pounds and squats 550.

Impressive physically, Brown also excels in the classroom. He carries a 3.9 GPA and scored 23 on the ACT. His family emphasizes education, and schools like Stanford and Georgia Tech are viable options.

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