Hoover (Ala.) High School is never a bad place to start when looking for the next crop of nearly any position on the football field, especially on the defensive side of the football. Josh Niblett’s program reflects a college with its standards, regiments and winning ways.
Naturally, the amount of college prospects on the Bucs’ roster seems to increase by the year. Underclassmen are seeing more and more playing time, and taking advantage of it. Even a freshman is making a name for himself.
Khamari Brown, listed at 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, is already in the defensive line rotation despite being a class of 2018 prospect. He also gets to learn from longtime starters Christian Bell, an Alabama commitment, Darrell Williams, an Auburn pledge, and top 2016 linebacker prospect Jeremiah Moon.
“It’s going pretty good, we have a rotation on the defensive line, so I get in,” he said. “It is good playing with them, they help me get better, especially in the summer, getting out there early in the mornings.
“Just working hard at practice, make sure I go through all my drills, make sure I’m working hard in the weight room and all of that.”
Brown feels he could eventually be a multi-year starter for Alabama’s most storied program.
“I listen, take instruction very well and I think I have the size and athletic ability to play the position” he said. “I want to play defensive end, in a couple more years I think it will fit me better. I’ve always wanted to play defensive end, depending on how much taller I get.”
His development is already being tracked, and on Saturday he made his first visit as a recruit. It was to Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
“I’m a big Alabama fan,” he said.
“Nick Saban came into the (recruiting) room and shook my hand. He just said hello,” he said. “I was kind of nervous at first. He’s a real good coach, and he’s coached players way bigger than me!
“It was real good, I really enjoyed my first time being there. You get to see what you see on TV, you’re closer to the field, you see the players close and all that. ”
The Tide staff had some positive messages to relay to Brown during brief conversation.“They said they were watching me, to keep my grades up and stay humble,” he said. “And to keep doing what I’m doing. It made me feel like I am doing what I am supposed to do, so I’m going to keep going.”
Luckily for the freshman, he got the chance to sit with several of his aforementioned SEC teammates while in town.
“I sat with Darrell, Bradrick (Shaw) and Christian was there,” he said. “They were asking me how I liked my first time, and stuff like that. We just watched the game.
Though extremely early in the recruiting process, Brown has always wanted to play in the SEC, “because it’s the best,” and Tuscaloosa could one day fit that bill.
”It was real big, I enjoyed the fans there, it would be a nice school to go to,” he said. “I felt myself going to that school, I like the vibe there, I really like being down there. It kind of felt like I belonged there. I always wanted to go to Alabama and then I was already on the trip, so I was just feeling like I belong playing there.”
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