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.”