May 16, 2006

Crimson Tide in the mix for elite defensive tackle

Most who follow recruiting in the Southeast are well aware of Lakeland (Fla.) defensive tackle John Brown. The Junior All-American and preseason Rivals100 selection is one of the top interior defensive line prospects in the country, and his list of offers continue to grow. Brown's prominent standing among college football's top programs isn't surprising to Dan Talbot, the Dreadnaughts' defensive line coach.

"John is a quiet and shy kid for the most part," Talbot said. "He works hard and he's one of those guys who comes to every workout and practice to get better. We've been fortunate to have so many great defensive linemen come through to pave the way for John. He understands the hard work that goes into being a great player because he's seen the guys before him do it. He looked up to guys like Kendrick Stewart so he does the same thing they did to get better.

"It was during his sophomore year when John really blew up. Everyone was double-teaming Kendrick so they couldn't focus on John and he was just dominant. Everything clicked for him that season, and he's been a terror ever since. Last year, I was fortunate to have both Kendrick and John, so teams had to pick their poison on whom to double team."

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