Student-athlete wideout to visit Bama

Location is more than just a factor in real estate. It can play a huge part in determining where an athlete attends college. That's the case for Mountain Brook's Grant Brigham.

Brigham's father says distance eliminated two major schools from his son's consideration. "He was offered by LSU and Virginia Tech, and he looked at those very seriously. But the distance was too great."

A 6-0, 170-pound receiver, Brigham has been listed among the state's top recruits since before his senior season. Network ranks him the 55th-best receiving prospect in the nation. Brigham claims a 4.45 clocking in the 40-yard dash.

Brigham finished up the season with 25 total touchdowns. He had 50 catches for 800 yards and 13 TD's, 25 carries for 280 yards and 9 TD's, 2 passes for 2 TD's, and a kickoff return for a TD.

Grant has narrowed his list of potential schools to four: Furman, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt.

The inclusion of Furman in that list might seem odd considering the performance level of the other schools, but there's a reason the South Carolina school is getting a look. Grant's brother Hindley is a tailback for the Paladins. "Grant's never had a chance to play with his brother, so there's an emotional tie there," Tommy Brigham, Grant's father said.

Hindley's experience as a major-college player is another reason Grant will stay relatively close to home. His father explained; "Grant's brother (Hindley) played his first year at Baylor, and the distance was hard to deal with. It wasn't easy for us to see him play. That's important. If LSU and VT had been closer to home, they would have been more in consideration."

One of the top receivers in the state, Brigham is also an excellent student who should qualify easily.

Brigham has a very good relationship with former Bama star and currrent Vanderbilt quarterbacks coach, Jeff Rutledge. "Vanderbilt's coach Rutledge is still on staff there, and he's still recruiting me," Brigham told "I've told people all along, 'If I end up at Vanderbilt, it will be because of Coach Rutledge'"

In a twist, Georgia Tech's recent coaching shuffle might have actually increased their chance of landing Brigham. Mr. Brigham explained that his son likes Coach Chan Gailey. "He's impressed with him as a coach and a person."

Grant plans to enjoy the recruiting process, which his father described as a "once in a lifetime" experience. "He's told all the coaches that he's going to make his decision after he visits. I can't honestly tell you that Grant has a strong lean one way or another."

Brigham, who attended Alabama's 7-on-7 passing camp this past summer, is scheduled to take his official visit to the Capstone this weekend.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Academics are very important to Brigham, which explains his serious interest in Vanderbilt, Furman and Georgia Tech. But if Alabama made a strong push for his signature, Brigham's home-state school would probably be hard to beat.

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