MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Florence (Ala.) three-star athlete Beniquez Brown is participating in the 25th Annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound athlete is lining up at outside linebacker for the Alabama squad.
"It is an exciting opportunity," Brown said. "It is a chance to create new friendships. We also get to play hard and compete with the best of the best."
As for his position on the field during this week's practices and Saturday's game, Brown isn't sure if that is where he is destined to line up at in college.
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"I am not sure if that is where I end up," Brown said. "I am just telling the coaches that I will play whatever gets me on the field the fastest and will help the team. That is what I will play."
Brown, who holds double-digit offers, says that his focus is primarily on two schools but that others will also receive visits.
"Basically, it is between Mississippi State and Tennessee but I just set up a visit to Arkansas," Brown said. "Arkansas is my number three, but right now it is Mississippi State and Tennessee. I am going to take all five of my visits though."
Brown will visit Arkansas on January 6th. He will then travel to Mississippi State for his official on January 13th. He also plans to take official visits to N.C. State (January 20th) and Ole Miss (January 27th) before deciding on National Signing Day.
Recently, he took his first official visit to Tennessee. That visit concluded this past Sunday.
"It was a great visit," Brown said of Tennessee. "I have a great relationship with the coaches. I got to hang out with the players. That is what I was looking for, a relationship with the coaches and players. It was good to be around the people that I am going to be around the most if I end up there. I liked it."
Derek Dooley and his staff spoke with Brown some about where his future would be on the field if he ended up a member of the Volunteer football team.
"They just told me they could play anywhere on the field," Brown said. "They said I could play bandit safety, coming down in the box, like an outside linebacker. They also said running back is also a possibility. They just said it is about how my body forms."
Brown departed Knoxville, Tennessee very impressed. He believes that he would have a realistic shot of contributing as a freshman at the SEC program.
"I like the chances of early playing time there," Brown said.
His mother was also impressed by the academic approach that Tennessee takes with their student-athletes.
"My mom liked the idea of Vol for life, that they teach you the things that you need after football and in life," Brown said.
As for his other top school, Mississippi State, Brown last visited the Bulldogs in November. He stays in regular contact with Dan Mullen and his staff. They have also spoken with him about his future on the field if he were to end up in Starkville.
"They have told me that I am an athlete, that I could play anywhere on the field," Brown said. "If I decide to go to Mississippi State I will probably start out at running back. I could also play outside linebacker or safety there."
As for the Razorbacks, who find themselves in third and having to make up ground, they have been direct with Brown about where he would be utilized on the field.
"Arkansas just wants me to get there and visit," Brown said. "They like me as a linebacker."
At this point, Brown doesn't claim a favorite out of Mississippi State and Tennessee. He said he will pick the school that he feels the most comfortable at after his visits have concluded.