Bama lineman likes Vols

A productive Alabama lineman is taking a long look at Tennessee's football program.

Wes Brown is a 6-4, 252-pounder from Athens High School who recorded 24 tackles for loss as a junior defensive end last fall. He also caught 70 yards in passes as a tight end.

Brown already has offers from five Southeastern Conference schools -- Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt -- plus Duke and Louisville. He also has a great interest in UT, even though the Vols have yet to offer.

''I really am considering Tennessee, Alabama and Auburn,'' Brown told Andrew Bone of, later adding: ''Receiving a degree from Vanderbilt would be really nice."

Brown also stars on the diamond, which could be a factor in his college choice.

''I also like Mississippi State because they told me they would not have a problem with me playing football and baseball,'' he said.

Brown's fondness for baseball might favor Tennessee. The Vols enjoyed good success with combination football/baseball players in the past -- the list including Condredge Holloway, Tommy West, Randy Wallace, John Yarbrough and Alan Cockrell.

Brown, who recently visited the Ole Miss campus, is looking for a school where he feels comfortable.

''I want to see how I would fit in,'' he said. ''I want to like all the coaches. Right now, I haven't met any bad coaches. I want to choose the place where I will be the most happy.''

Brown plans to attend summer camps at Vanderbilt, Alabama and Tennessee.

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