Tennessee D-Line prospect likes Tide

The majority of Bama's signing class will once again be made up of in-state players, but the Tide is looking at several key prospects in bordering states, including Morristown, Tennessee's Brandon Fanney.

A physical speed rusher who also shows very good strength when taking on offensive tackles, Brandon Fanney (6-5 260) showed up well at Alabama's summer mini-camp.

Sporting a 4.70 40-yard dash time and power cleaning 275 pounds, Fanney has enough strength to match opposing linemen, but he simply races past his blocker on most occasions.

Fanney plays for Morristown West High School in Morristown, which is coached by Don Woods, the brother of Tide Running Backs Coach Sparky Woods.

As a junior Fanney was an All State performer who was also selected the Region and Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Last season he posted 82 tackles, 18 sacks, and four fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Don Woods reports that his talented lineman demonstrates excellent pass-rushing skills, but Fanney's ability to play the run is also very good.

Fanney attended the Alabama camp this summer, where he was measured with a 30-inch vertical jump. "Alabama was one of my favorite teams growing up," Fanney told BamaMag.com in a recent interview.

Fanney waits his turn at the vertical jump at last summer's Bama mini-camp.

Tall linemen fast enough to rush the passer are a valuable commodity on the recruiting trail. Fanney lists his top three as Alabama, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Florida State and Georgia round out his interest.

Fanney was scheduled to attend last weekend's Oklahoma game in Tuscaloosa and is looking forward to his official visit.

"I really like Alabama's campus," Fanney said, "and their defensive line coaches."

In addition to his power clean number, Fanney bench presses 315 pounds and squats 450.

He carries a 2.7 GPA in the classroom and scored 15 on his first attempt at the ACT. Fanney should have no problem becoming a full qualifier.

In a recent interview with VTInsider.com, Fanney said that Sparky Woods was one of the first coaches to call him this month. "(We talked about) how I prepare for this upcoming football year, what school I was looking forward to going to, and stuff like that," Fanney said.

Tide fans that might expect an inside track on Fanney due to his high school coach, might be disappointed. Sparky Woods explained, "I've never had any problems recruiting players on my brother's teams. Certainly I have access to them. But it's not really an advantage either. He's been at it for a long time and runs a good program. Don just wants what's best for the players. He wants them to go where they're happy and have a chance to play."

RECRUITING NOTE: It's still early, but Alabama will put a priority on recruiting linemen on both sides of the ball this season, and there's no question Fanney is a top Tide target.

Read all of the recent recruiting stories on Alabama recruits from TheInsiders.com.

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