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Rivals100 DT focused on four

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LAKELAND, Fla.- Rivals100 defensive tackle John Brown joined the North squad for the Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game Wednesday afternoon. The hometown star from Lakeland High spoke with Rivals.com following practice about recruiting and the game itself.
The 6-foot-1, 285-pound Brown has one official visit planned, to Alabama in January, and is keeping his eye on several other programs.
His Crimson Tide recruiter has remained in touch despite the coaching change in Tuscaloosa.
"I'm visiting Alabama in January, but I don't remember the exact date," he said. "Coach Chris Ball has been keeping in touch with me," he said. "I've been talking to him a couple of times.
"I'm standing good with Alabama, LSU, Florida and Florida State,"
Brown, who practiced for the first time with his teammates Thursday morning, is happy to be talking part in the game.
"It's been going good," he said. "I am getting to know the players and all because it's my first practice. I am going to play a little bit. I don't know how much I am going to play."
Brown wasn't about to pass up the opportunity to play at Bryant Stadium, the home of the Lakeland High football team, one last time.
"It feels good," he said, "I had to play and I wasn't going to turn it down because it's right here in Lakeland."
He is hopeful that he can help the North win Friday night. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.
"Hopefully we can go out there and win," he said. "I don't know too much about (the South team), but hopefully we can go out there and win."
Brown is the nation's No. 61 overall prospect.
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