Brown talks about official visit

Having taken his official visit to Alabama, standout defensive line prospect David Brown talked about the trip.

"The Alabama visit was great," David Brown told in an interview late Monday evening.

Brown himself admits to being a bit overwhelmed by the recruiting process. "I never imagined when I started playing football as a child that all these schools would be after me," he said during his trip Saturday.

As he tells it, following every trip to a given school he comes away favoring his last visit. But after going through long months of the serial courtships, even the friendly Brown may be about to tire of it all.

He commented, "Right now going through the process, I might decide to commit tonight, tomorrow or it might be the last day. After this next visit, I might just...

"I just don't know."

An excellent student, Brown has been heavily recruited by Stanford and has official visits still scheduled to Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech.

But he's said all along that Alabama and Notre Dame top his list. "Compared to my Notre Dame visit, I liked (Saturday's visit to Alabama) better," Brown related. "When I went to Notre Dame, it was for a game weekend. I thought that was the better time to take the visit.

"I can see why coaches want you to come when they are not playing."

In Tuscaloosa this past weekend Brown got a chance to meet all the Tide players, especially his prospective teammates on the defensive line. "Todd Bates was my host for the weekend," Brown said. "I got to meet all the other guys."

Brown could play anywhere on the defensive line, but most scouts expect him to end up at defensive tackle. (photo courtesy of

He continued, "At Notre Dame, I did not get to spend as much time with the guys because they were preparing for a game. I wish you could get two official visits to each school."

Riding the momentum of this weekend's official visit, Alabama had pulled slightly ahead of the Irish. But a plane ride from South Bend, Indiana to Alabama may have evened things up again.

"On the way home, Alabama was definitely up there," Brown acknowledged. "Then Coach Willingham (of Notre Dame) came to my house after I got in from Tuscaloosa. He stayed for about three hours. So, Alabama and Notre Dame are tied right now."

Madison, Alabama's David Brown (6-3, 255, 4.8) has taken numerous unofficial visits to his in-state school to visit football games during the season. But Saturday he was treated to a different sport.

"We did go to a basketball game in Tuscaloosa and that was great," he related. "I have been to several games this fall in Tuscaloosa and I know what that is like."

Rated by all recruiting pundits as one of the top two or three defensive line prospects in the state, Brown has been a key Tide target throughout the recruiting process.

Brown was flown home on The University plane with fellow official visitors Chris Turner (JUCO D-Lineman) and Terrence Smith (JUCO linebacker).

Safety Kyle Jackson only arrived in Tuscaloosa Saturday afternoon, so he stayed through till Monday.

Pictured on his official visit to Tuscaloosa this past weekend, Brown may be starting to tire of the recruiting process. (photo courtesy of

"I was reading where Kyle is one of the top recruits in the country at his position," Brown said. "Boy, that's good!"

Brown carries a 3.9 grade point average in the classroom and scored 23 on his first attempt at the ACT. His father is a retired Army colonel, so Brown spent most of his childhood on Army bases all over the world. Both parents are graduates of Alabama.

It's been a long recruiting process for Brown, but Tide Coach Paul Randolph has been diligent in working the big man. The Tide was the first to offer Brown a scholarship, and he has commented many times that he remembers and appreciates the early interest.

RECRUITING NOTES: Brown is rated a three-star prospect by network, meaning he would be expected to compete for a starting job by his second or third year on campus.

Alabama is allowed to bring in 19 new scholarshipped players this fall. The Tide is expected to sign as many as 22 players in February, anticipating that several will not become qualified. It's also possible that one or more players may be asked to delay entry into The University until the following January, counting against 2005 scholarship numbers, depending on how qualifying issues play out.

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