"I am considering Auburn and plan to take an official visit there in January," Christopher Browder says. "I would say that me being committed to Alabama is shaky."
On a team loaded with talented players, Wilcox Central defensive end Browder is the prize recruit on a team that has has stormed through the regular season unbeaten and virtually untested.
With the six-foot-four-inch, 205-pounder leading the way, top-ranked Wilcox Central has shut out six of its 10 opponents. Friday night in the opening round of the Class 5A state playoffs Demopolis High will try its luck. The 5A ranks feature some really strong opposition such as Benjamin Russell of Alexander City, Briarwood Christian of Birmingham and Homewood so whoever goes the distance to win the state crown will have a great team.
Browder was one of the state's best players as a junior when he recorded 19 quarterback sacks. This year he has 21 sacks despite sitting out of significant portions of games as his team has built big leads. "I am playing better this year than I did last year," he says. "My pass rush is definitely better."
Although he spends most of his time on defense, Browder sees some spot duty at tight end. "I haven't caught a pass," he says. "They use me as a blocker."
Tiger Ticket Extra: Browder says he "really likes the Auburn coaching staff." He notes that Joe Whitt, who coaches inside linebackers, is his favorite. Browder competed in the Capital City Combine last May and was clocked at 4.8 in the 40. Although that is considered a good time for a defensive end, it doesn't accurately reflect his true speed. "I haven't run a 40-time since I got healthy," he says. "I had a hamstring problem that day."