Prior to his summer camp tour Richwood High’s LaCraig Brown had been hearing from nearly every school in the SEC, yet the offers were not rolling in at the same speed.
The 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive end decided to change that by taking a road trip. The first stop: Tuscaloosa.
“The Alabama camp was really the first time that I showed my stuff off to coaches and other players, and I think that I did really well,” Brown said. “I stood out from the bunch, and because of that the coaches were ready to offer.”
The offer came after he checked out of camp, when the Tide headman pulled Brown and his mother into his office for a face-to-face discussion.
“Coach Saban brought me and my mom in after everything was done, and he said that he had been watching some recent film he had picked up and said that I looked just as good in person,” Brown said. “He said what stood out was my athleticism, and he said he wanted to keep me at defensive end and let me in on some JACK linebacker.
“Coach Saban told me to take my time and weigh my options, but he made sure to let me know that the offer is on the table,” Brown added. “Coach told me he wanted me at Alabama, and he said his staff would keep recruiting me hard.”
Following that trip, the offers began to pour in.
“It was kind of weird how that worked, and I don’t know if the coaches all asked for my film or what,” Brown said. “It seems like everyone just turned it up. I now have offers from Arkansas, Mississippi State and TCU, and I am hearing from a lot of other schools that were not on me before.
“I actually visited TCU unofficially and coach Patterson handed me the scholarship papers in person. All of this has just been great, and I am blessed.”
With hopes of capping the summer off with an offer from the in-state Tigers, Brown left LSU’s July camp empty handed.
“That is just kind of how it is when you are under the radar, the coaches want to see more than just a day or two of you in person,” Brown said. “I worked hard, and the staff said that they liked where I was at. They told me that they would be getting my film in soon, and they wanted to come to Monroe this fall and see me in person. If anything will happen with an offer, it would go down then.”
Where will the Tigers stack up if they enter the mix?
“Up there at the top, for sure,” Brown said. “I really like Alabama and want to see the Mississippi State and Arkansas campuses, but I have been to LSU games and I know I would enjoy being part of that atmosphere.”
When is the next time Brown will be in Baton Rouge?
“I will get down with my family for at least one game, maybe more,” he said. “It is nothing to just hop in the car and drive down, so I don’t have any dates set. I hope to visit on an official, with my other trips being to Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi State and one other school. I am going to keep in contact with the staff and let them continue their evaluation and see what comes my way.”