Cook LB Shannon Brown commits to Alabama

Alabama continued its assault on the state of Georgia this weekend when it landed a commitment from Shannon Brown of Cook High School in Adel.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker committed to the Crimson Tide while attending their junior camp this past weekend. He chose Bama over North Carolina.

“He was sort of committed to them already,” Cook coach Ken Cofer said. “He was at their junior camp over the weekend and he made it official while he was over there. I’m an Auburn fan myself. But I just want him to be happy and it’ll be good for him to get away from here.”

The defending national champs are in on several of Georgia’s top prospects, including running back Isaiah Crowell and defensive tackle Gabriel Wright of Carver-Columbus, defensive end Xzavier Dickson of Griffin amd linebacker A.J. Johnson of Gainesville. The Tide signed five Georgia kids in February, including Class AAA player of the year Blake Sims of Gainesville.

Brown is a tremendous football talent — he led Cook with 122 tackles — but he comes with issues.  He missed the last four games for the Hornets after being dismissed by late coach Mack Thompson for repeated violations of team policy.

“Mostly showing up on time and attitude and things like that,” Cofer said. “He just wanted to see what he could pull. But he’s doing much better now. He knows he can’t mess up again or he can’t get into Alabama.”

Brown said Alabama’s no-nonsense approach to academics was one of the things that appealed to him.

“They’re real strict on their players about academics,” Brown said. “They give each player two or three tutors if they need them. They kind of have one hand on your back pushing you all the time. I don’t feel like Alabama will let you slip up.”

Neither Georgia nor Georgia Tech appeared to be high on Brown’s list (or vice-versa). The Bulldogs have offered him. The Yellow Jackets have not.

“I just didn’t feel like Georgia was recruiting me hard,” Brown said. “Honestly, my whole family is Georgia fans and they probably wanted me to go there. But I feel like you give people what you get and I didn’t get that much from the. All I got was letters in the mail and they weren’t even hand-written.”

Brown is a special talent athletically. He runs the 100- and 200-meter dash and throws the shot for the Cook track team. He said he was timed by Alabama at 4.55 seconds in the 40-yard dash but he was “almost 250 pounds then.” Right now he’s down to 225 pounds and says he “can run with the best of them.”

He’s expected to play inside linebacker for the Tide.

“They’ve got four inside linebackers but everybody knows Donta’ Hightower is gonna leave after next season,” Brown said. “So it’ll be me and three lettermen competing for playing time.”

139 comments Add your comment

CL

February 22nd, 2010
4:12 pm

Alright CMR. U letting them leave again.

Lowndes

February 22nd, 2010
4:15 pm

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

February 22nd, 2010
4:16 pm

CMR-Coach February must not have wanted him… Or he didn’t qualify academically (insert laughter here) Or he wasn’t a good fit for the ex-Cleveland Brown DC/current UGA DC

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

February 22nd, 2010
4:22 pm

This must have been orchestrated by Nash Nace’s father… WTH?

Davey Boy Smith

February 22nd, 2010
4:32 pm

Good grief, it says right there on the paper that the kid has got issues.

Remember CJ Mizell?

duckey

February 22nd, 2010
4:34 pm

Enter your comments here

duckey

February 22nd, 2010
4:37 pm

diamond dog pos why dont you talk about the team you like or is that to painfull

Dawggirl

February 22nd, 2010
4:37 pm

Here we go again. Lets just let them all walk out of state.

ugaaccountant

February 22nd, 2010
4:45 pm

DDPO – Did you not notice the fact that he’s already been kicked off his high school team for bad behavior? Can you spell trouble?

Palm City Dawg

February 22nd, 2010
4:48 pm

Are the DAWGS in the running for Isaiah Crowell. WOW, have you seen his film. He is unstoppable.

goldwreck

February 22nd, 2010
4:50 pm

I’m surprised anyone remembers CJ Mizell.I understand he’s going to Washington State next fall.He failed to get in FSU and had to go the Juco route.Hopefully Brown didn’t hit his HS Coach like Mizell did before he moved to Tallahassee.

BadDog

February 22nd, 2010
4:58 pm

You would think these kids would look at Bama and the Gators and see that they have talented deep depth in every position already. Surely they realize that it’s going to take a couple of years to even be considered a starter. I guess when you are not up front in your recruiting sales pitch you can make these kids believe anything. This guy sounds like another NuKeese waiting to happen anyway.

Chip Towers

February 22nd, 2010
5:09 pm

Palm City Dawg: Yes, Georgia is in the running for Isaiah Crowell. He’s a big reason the Dogs didn’t go real hard after another tailback other than Marcus Lattimore in the 2010 class. Right now it looks like a Dogs-Bama battle.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

February 22nd, 2010
5:24 pm

Richt doesn’t need players with these types of issues and attitudes. Maybe Saban can cope with him and put a chaperone on him night and day.

bdawg

February 22nd, 2010
5:28 pm

CL he sounds like another BJ Butler. If they have personal issues I wouldn’t push too hard either. great recruiting by UA, he may touch the field and he may not. Hopefully with all the RBs that UA recruited of the last 2 years Crowell will have enough sense to commit to UGA and i hope he doesn’t drag his feet too long. Kudos Baddog I agree totally. I guess from our standpoint we see all of this but, some of these kids will believe anything some coaches tell them. You would think with UGA needing so many LBs, DTs and WRs the kids would be knocking down the door to commit there. These kids are quick to jump on the bandwagon of a NC. I talked to someone close to the DB from Vallley Ala. and heard its either Auburn or Alabama, so it doesn’t matter how many kids are on the Depth chart these kids will commit. I guess they don’t understand that you have to play in order to get noticed by an NFL team.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

February 22nd, 2010
5:29 pm

Ok Duckey…. 17 out of the last 20 against your school. More National Championships in the past 15 years than your school has conference championships in the past 25 years.

What’s your point?

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

February 22nd, 2010
5:32 pm

Judging by the police blotter over the past few years, sounds like UGA might want to look into the chaperone program…

BAMA STAN

February 22nd, 2010
5:35 pm

13 NATIONAL TILES – 22 SEC TITLES!!!

YES!!! BAMA is now cherry picking and letting you have left overs. (FLORIDA, TENNESSEE and AUBURN doing the same)

Huge talent leaving as GEORGIA is = to KY and SC in many recruits eyes. Basically a .500 team in the SEC EAST over the last 4 years.

Why go to UGA when ALABAMA and FLORIDA are offering scholarships – and AUB and TN seem to be up and comers. RICHT is STALE!!!

The last for years – after Donnan recruits had cleared – UGA is a .500 ball club in the SEC EAST.
– 1-3 vs FLORIDA
– 1-3 vs TENNESSEE
– 2-2 vs KY
– 3-1 vs SC
– 3-1 vs Vandy

Total = 10 wins – 10 losses!

Regarding the Carver – Columbus kids – you have to remember that this is the school that banned UGA from recruiting due to their QB recruiting snafu with UGA.

Also – Defending SEC and NATIONAL Title comes knocking – with the school only a few hours away – you are going to listen and lean that way if you think you will be playing fairly early.

GEORGIA HAS REALLY CHOKED IN THE SEC EAST – AND HAS BEEN MEDIOCRE – SINCE 2006. 10 – 10. WHY GO TO 500 PROGRAM IN THE SEC EAST – THAT IS PERCEIVED AS SLIPPING????

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

February 22nd, 2010
5:35 pm

Parole Officer, since your a Gator, do you not have enough business in Gainesville? You feel the need to come to Athens to find work? Take care or your own house first

BAMA STAN

February 22nd, 2010
5:40 pm

Crowell will go to BAMA.

He told Rivals that BAMA is his favorite – but likes UGA. If he were to committ today – he said he would go to BAMA.

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!!!

Florida Gators = The New Notre Dame

February 22nd, 2010
5:52 pm

Chip-

What about the RB out of Marietta, Kyle Vorters? Know much about him? Is UGA in the mix there?

Cherokee

February 22nd, 2010
5:53 pm

Diamond Dog’s Parole Officer What the heck are you talking about chaperon….I have not heard where any UGA players have been kicked off the team for slapping coeds like the thugs you have at Florida. You need to worry about your problems….son

Gators will be great in 2012

February 22nd, 2010
5:54 pm

Chip-

Know much about RB Eric Scott? I hear he’s hot on UGA?

DawgMAN

February 22nd, 2010
5:59 pm

Bama Stan – thanks for your post – I never thought of UGA being a 500 team in the SEC East – as you put it – but the numbers do not lie.

But the good news is 2010.
– Look what we have returning
– Look at our YOUNG roster
– LOOK at our QB situation (Murray and Mett)
– Lood at our OL
and…….look at our BAMA – Florida type of OOC schedule – meaning – it is alot easier this year.

With that said – UGA wins 9 – and could win 10.

Florida Gators = The New Notre Dame

February 22nd, 2010
6:03 pm

ever wonder why so many “Bama”/Florida fans post so much on this forum if they REALLY think Georgia wil be bad in 2010 or 2011?

Please, your posts belie your true fears.

I'm Bama Stan, yep I am smart

February 22nd, 2010
6:06 pm

Who would want to go to UGA when they are 10 and 10 last four years in the SEC East and the Mighty Tide is 6 and 6 against the SEC East in the same time frame. Oops, maybe I meant to argue something else. Oh well UGA is still average even though they finish 1st or 2nd in the SEC East every year except one under CMR. Ah oh, that is better than the TIDE. Never mind, I will go back to the computer and come back with an argument that makes sense later. DUH DUH DUH!!!!

I'm Bama Stan, yep I am smart

February 22nd, 2010
6:13 pm

Here it is, we won National Championships when noone was counting them as National Championships because we paid the guy that owns the publiscation, just like we pay players. Oops, I mean we vacate wins like other teams take out the laundry but we really never cheat. Who said we can’t sell those text books, oops probation again.

memphisdawg

February 22nd, 2010
6:17 pm

UGA not good since 2006? What about the fact UGA finished #2 in the nation in 07 & number 13 in 08? 09 was a bad year ill give you that. You should have to pass some sort of basic football knowledge test before posting on these blogs. That way, idiots like bama stan wouldn’t waste everyone’s time.

OldDawg

February 22nd, 2010
6:23 pm

I wish this kid the best. Personally, I was surprised/dispointed CMR offered…Brown has actually been kicked off his HS team twice in the past 2 years and has some serious catching up to do in the classroom!

And before the trolls and jerks get started….AGAIN I hope he gets his act together and takes advantage of his opportunity! The kid is a hell of a player!

Of course, as to the grade issues…bummer Stan and I both know…if he can get into school anywhere…he can get into Bama!

1970 Dawg

February 22nd, 2010
6:25 pm

Bama Stan, Why don’t you list the years that you won those NC’s. Most
of them occurred before they even had face masks on the helmets. My
point is that you should stop strutting around like a big boy when
it hasn’t been since Auburn was your daddy. Please list the NCAA
sanctions you have incurred too.

Florida Gators = The New Notre Dame

February 22nd, 2010
6:28 pm

Glad Bama got Shannon brown, he’s in trouble a lot with his issues.

Please, give me a 3 star anyday.

ghsclassof2012

February 22nd, 2010
6:37 pm

CL- Do we need every kid in the state of ga? No!!!!! When they go in bunches is when you should get upset!

ugaaccountant

February 22nd, 2010
6:48 pm

ghsclassof2012 – Need? I don’t even want a kid that’s been kicked off his HS team and is having grade trouble. I’m just not interested.

1970 Dawg

February 22nd, 2010
6:49 pm

Bama Stan must be researching the ? about their NC’s. While he’s
down at the library (he probably doesn’t know about Google) I’ve
got a few facts about that hallowed program. From 2000 through
2006 they had a combined record of 46-40 under Franchione and
Shula. That included wins against a few really weak college
programs and seasons of 3-8, 4-9, 6-6 and 6-7 in that period.
Shula became the only Bama coach to never beat Auburn (0-4).
UGA might have a down year but we haven’t been 3-8 in recent history.

crazy dawg

February 22nd, 2010
6:50 pm

To all these morons who moan and groan when a player leaves the State for another school. Do you really think that UGA or Ga. Tech can sign every high school player in the state? Sounds like the Dawgs are better off without this head case anyway. The Dawgs are doing a good job of keeping the better players in state and will keep doing a good job in the years to come. The good thing about the 4 young men that have commited for 2011 is that they all want to be Bulldogs. Thats what the program needs players that are proud to wear the Red and Black,not these pampered spoiled brats that think they are doing you a favor by playing for your team. Go Dawgs GATA

Sweet Home Alabama

February 22nd, 2010
6:55 pm

BaMA sTAN you seem like a prketty smart fellow,we need to throw down somes beers someday.With that being said,these idiuts from Georgia still think, they are relevant.

we are Bama, we take who we want and oh yes,Crowell is coming to Bama , he is a silent committ.HE WILL give the dogs a visit just out of curtesy,he is a fine young man.

i have got my sources and they go to the top.Oh hELL YES,ROLL TIDE FOREVER…..

Dawg Crazy

February 22nd, 2010
7:01 pm

Enter your comments here

Ramma Bama

February 22nd, 2010
7:02 pm

With all these superstars that Saban is signing, look for Bama to dominate the SEC for years. In 2010, title #14 is on the way—that bama team will be better than the 2009 team!!! It’s hard to be humble when you’re a bama fan!

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

February 22nd, 2010
7:10 pm

Cherokee:

Trinton Sturdivant and Justin Anderson. Check out this link:

http://georgia.scout.com/2/766254.html

Or what about Randy McMichael…

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=1831533

Darn good DAWGS, right?

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

February 22nd, 2010
7:14 pm

Old Stan…. I guess your boys take tough classes. Like Jim Harrick Jr.’s class, right?

Let’s take a look at some of these hard test that the fine UGA student athletes take:

http://www.redandblack.com/2004/03/04/jim-harrick-jrs-final-exam/

Isn’t the R&B the UGA student newspaper?

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

February 22nd, 2010
7:16 pm

Cherokee:

What about Trinton Sturdivant and Justin Anderson?

And Randy McMichael…remember him? If you don’t check out this link:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=1831533

Great ambassadors of CMR and the FCA in general…

BAMA FAN #2

February 22nd, 2010
7:21 pm

Bama is loading up for another talented class of recruits!! RTR

Flo-Ri-Duh!

February 22nd, 2010
7:27 pm

Shannon Brown would never qualify academically at UGA – has a 1.0 GPA and a rap sheet of disobedience to authority.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

February 22nd, 2010
7:29 pm

Sweet Home Bama – you need to go back to 1st grade and learn how to spell. The word is “courtesy”.

1970 Dawg

February 22nd, 2010
7:38 pm

DD Parole Officer, What do you think it proves to pull out a few
isolated incidents and try to slander a good program? When you
get 85 young college athletes together, you will have disappointments
in a few (unless you are talking about one of the military academies.)
I believe you are a Gator fan and if so, I seem to remember a recent DUI
by your All American DE before the SEC CG and several arrests of UF
players in recent years. Selah.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

February 22nd, 2010
7:46 pm

I was responding to a posts who referred to UF having thugs… Kinda weird when your own school has had similar experiences in the past, right?

jbts30228

February 22nd, 2010
7:47 pm

65 players signed from the state of Georiga this past season to play next year in the SEC. UGA can not sign them all. I wish the young man well. Love to see the Georgia kids do well.

HIGHTIDE

February 22nd, 2010
7:54 pm

you ga . fans keep talking .when brown goes to athens and breaks your little running backs like mcclain did to that #24 yall had.you’ll be asking how you guys let him get away

Shannon Brown

February 22nd, 2010
7:54 pm

I was thinking about going to UGA, but when Valentines Day past and I did not get a box of chocolates…………….

Here we go again in GA

February 22nd, 2010
7:56 pm

boy oh boy. Richt must be sleeping all day long.
We are losing more great players from the State of Georgia-
first Da’Rick to UT and NOW this. Not happy at all!