Will Oakley, Aaron Johns, Nikita Stover, Titus Ryan, Aaron McDaniel and Ezekiel Knight have already committed to sign with Alabama, all of whom are good-to-excellent prospects at wideout. But Ryan almost certainly won't graduate from junior college, and Johns, Stover, McDaniel and Knight all have questions surrounding their academics.
Given the harsh realities of NCAA sanctions, the Tide simply must bring in a full complement of athletes this fall, so expect Alabama to sign at least one (and maybe two) more receivers.
Keith Brown (6-3, 190, 4.4) of Pensacola High School in Pensacola, Florida has become a key target. Brown is a track star who also excels at football. Two years back, competing for Harrison Central in Gulfport, Mississippi, Brown placed first in state in the 200-meters, with a time of 21.82. Brown also came in third in the 100-meters, clocking in with at 11.2 seconds for the distance.
Brown bettered those numbers last season, clocking a 11.17 in the 100-meters and 22.29 in the 200-.
In an interview with TheInsiders.com's Andrew Bone last week, Brown said that he has already taken an official visit to Southern Miss. In January he is scheduled to take official visits to West Virginia (1/9), Alabama (1/16), Florida (1/23) and Mississippi State (1/30).
At this point, he's playing his cards close to his vest.
"I plan on making my decision after the Mississippi State visit," Brown said.
National Signing day is the following Wednesday (February 4).
"I am looking at Florida, Alabama and Southern Miss right now," Brown said in that interview. "I really do not have a leader right now."
After moving to Florida, Brown played his final prep football season at Pensacola, accumulating 56 receptions for 1,310 yards and 19 touchdowns. The fleet athlete also had one kickoff return for a touchdown, one punt return score and rushed for five touchdowns.
Brown recently competed in the CaliFlorida Bowl prep all-star game. The Sunshine State athletes won the contest, 24-22, and Brown was a star.
"I had four or five receptions, one (20-yard touchdown reception), and I was chosen an MVP of the game," Brown related proudly.
According to Brown he has a qualifying GPA in his core classes. He has taken the ACT but is still waiting on his score.
Tide assistant Bobby Connelly is recruiting Brown for Alabama.
RECRUITING NOTES: 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.
Read all of the recent recruiting stories on Alabama recruits from TheInsiders.com.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Andrew Bone of TheInsiders.com contributed to this report.