Fleet wideout loved his visit

As a hedge against probable academic trouble with some of their committed receivers, Alabama's coaches are still hoping to sign at least one more talented wideout. <br><br>He hasn't committed yet, but Keith Brown could be the man.

After returning from his official visit this last weekend to Tuscaloosa, Brown (6-3, 180, 4.4) spoke with Andrew Bone of TheInsiders.com.

"It went great!," Keith Brown said. "I had a really good time. I liked everything: the people, coaching staff, and the players.

"It was like a brotherhood down there."

Strong words from a Mississippi native who just finished his high school career in Pensacola, Florida. At one point Brown was thought to be leaning to one of the Florida schools, Mississippi State or Southern Miss. But that could have changed.

A track star before making his name on the football field, Keith Brown would add much-needed speed to the Tide squad.

"It's hard to say (who leads) from coming off the Alabama visit," Brown said in the Sunday evening interview. "I will announce next week. It will be between Alabama, Mississippi State and Southern Miss."

Earlier Brown had planned to visit either Florida or Florida State, but that has changed. If Sylvester Croom isn't able to convince him next week during his visit to the MSU campus, Brown could end up in Crimson.

Along with 21 other prospects, Brown was given the royal treatment during his official visit to the Alabama campus.

"I got to visit the school campus and the new facilities," Brown related. "We ate a lot. We went to the Alabama/Auburn basketball game. That was my favorite thing this weekend."

Hosted by sophomore receiver Brandon Brooks, Brown particularly enjoyed the Tide's dominating win over the Tigers in front of a packed house at Coleman Coliseum.

Several months older than the average high school senior, Brown transferred from Harrison Central in Gulfport, Mississippi to Pensacola, Florida in order to be eligible for his final prep season. He immediately became one of Pensacola's top players.

Brown had an outstanding senior season with 56 receptions for 1,310 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also returned one kick-off and one punt for touchdowns and scored five times carrying the football.

Recently, Brown was named Offensive MVP of the prestigious California/Florida All-Star game.

Most recruiting fans have learned to be cynics when it comes to "reported" 4.4 times in the 40-yard dash, but Brown's speed is legitimate. As a sophomore he placed third in the state in the 100-meters with a time of 11.2. That same year he won the 200-meter dash, clocking in at 21.82. The next season his best times were 11.17 for the 100-meters and 22.29 in the 200-.

Originally recruited by Tide assistant Bobby Connelly, wide receivers coach Charlie Harbison made an impression on Brown this weekend.

"(As a staff) they are very supportive and spiritual," Brown commented. "They want what is best for their players. I just felt different being there than anywhere else I have been."

Brown is all of 6-3, immediately making him a match-up problem for almost every cornerback in the SEC.

Along with Brown, Alabama continues to target D.J. Hall, who also visited this past weekend. And junior college athlete Larry Kendrick remains on the board as well. Both Hall and Kendrick say they want to take all their visits before deciding. Given Bama's scholarship limitations, that may or may not work out for the Tide.

Rome, Georgia wideout Adrian Smith is also a possibility.

RECRUITING NOTES: Alabama is allowed to bring in 19 new scholarshipped players this fall. The Tide is expected to sign as many as 25-26 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.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Andrew Bone of TheInsiders.com contributed to this report.

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