For Buford (Ga.) Lanier prospect Derrick Brown, recruiting started very early. In the fall of his sophomore season, the 6-foot-4, 276-pound defensive tackle prospect began receiving several offers from big-time programs, and it hasn't slowed down much since.
Alabama is one of the programs already in on the class of 2016 talent, and he paid Tuscaloosa a visit on Friday before Nick Saban and company hosted a massive junior day on Saturday afternoon.
It was Brown's first time on campus.
"It was great, I loved the facility and getting to meet the coaches was great," he said. "They said that they not only give you the skills to be a great football player, but also get you mentally ready for the career world. And they will help you get your career started."
The approach was similar from most of Saban's staff, as Brown was plenty familiar with the football program since it has been recruiting him for some time.
"We really didn't talk much about football, more-so academics and other things," Brown said.
Saban, who allotted time for him on Friday, continued the trend in his approach, but it may have meant a little more for the elite sophomore, who admitted there was still a hint of recruiting while on campus.
"Yea I guess," he said. "But getting to sit down with the head coach was a huge deal for me, because him taking the time out of his busy day to talk to me shows that they want me, well it does to me, and he just talked about the programs that are on campus for athletes, so we can be successful .
"But also saying it's up to us to take advantage of it so we can do something after football is over."
Brown, who is in no rush to begin narrowing down some of the many offers he holds in addition to Alabama like Georgia, Auburn, Clemson, Tennessee and others, does know what he's looking for in his ideal school of choice.
"Wherever I go, it depends on if it fits me and my relationship with the coaches," he said. "They (the schools) are all even right now."
Brown is expected to be one of the top 2016 prospects in the Peach State.
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