Like the old classic song, when Madison (Ala.) defensive end David Brown says “I’ve been everywhere,” he's not kidding around.
The son of a military father, Brown was born in North Carolina and has spent time in Kansas, Indiana, Korea, Ohio and Canada before settling in at Alabama.
“That’s why I tell people I really don’t have a big preference or favorite school,” Brown said. “We’ve been moving around my whole life, so I’ve never stayed in one place long enough to follow just one team.
“But being here in Alabama has been eye-opening. I’ve never been anywhere like this. Football is just huge.”
Brown (6-3, 255, 4.8) is coming off a junior season which saw him record 68 tackles and 11 tackles for loss at Bob Jones High School. He’s considered one of the top prospects in the state for the Class of 2004 and has already drawn scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, LSU and Stanford.
“LSU and Stanford are the new ones,” he said. “I was surprised to get the offer from Stanford. I know they’re real serious about academics. I like that. But they’re also pretty far away. That’s a big concern for mom.”
He’s also receiving heavy interest from Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Virginia, Nebraska, Memphis and Southern Miss, among others.
Georgia Tech, Arkansas and Memphis have visited the high school for spring practice.
Brown’s parents both graduated from Alabama, so the Crimson Tide get plenty of support in the household. But Brown’s sister is preparing to graduate from Auburn, so she represents the other side of that rivalry.
“It’s pretty funny,” Brown said. “She’s recruiting me for Auburn, but dad’s a big Alabama pusher. I think he’d really like to see me go there.”
Regarding the Mike Price situation at Alabama, Brown said: "It's suprising and disappointing. I met coach Price a couple of times and really liked him. He was like your grandfather. Plus, they were the first to offer me, so that really made a big impression. I've heard the assistant coaches are staying, so that would be a good thing. I liked them a lot."
Brown should have a number of options as the recruiting process develops. He’s a 3.7 student and has scored a 23 on his ACT.