Carver High defensive end Mekhi Brown thought he had his decision made a few days before he took his second official visit to the University of Alabama.
By the end of the weekend, he said, there wasnt much doubt left.
Great everything, said Brown, explaining why he made a commitment to play football for the Crimson Tide. The football, the organization, the academics, the coaching staff. Everything is great there.
Brown said he had thought about his decision for a few weeks, comparing Alabama to other schools like Auburn and Florida State, which were among his top three. Ultimately, though, he kept going back to the Tide and he expects to stick with it even though he still has two more years of high school ball left.
I doubt Ill change my mind, he said simply. Its a good feeling to be a part of that tradition. I cant stop saying roll Tide. Its just a habit.
As a sophomore defensive end last season, Brown tallied 37 tackles, four sacks, 19 quarterback pressures and two forced fumbles.
With a significant period of time left with Carver, its hard to picture where players may fit in at the next level. Given his size and athletic ability, though, Brown said that Alabama coaches see him as an outside linebacker at the next level.
For now, though, Brown is just ready to get back on the practice field, which hell do when Carver begins its spring program on May 1.
I cant wait to start playing again, he said. Im ready to lead my team this season.
Elsewhere in the Bi-City area, Glenwoods Alryk Perry committed and will sign a letter of intent to play football at Syracuse University on April 15.
Former Columbus star Beck medals at Irish Creek Collegiate
Jimmy Beck, a former Columbus High and current Kennesaw Sate golfer, carded three straight sub-par rounds en route to claiming individual medalist honors at the Irish Creek Collegiate.
His three-day total of 205 (67-79-68) put him at 8-under par and gave him a one-shot victory over Charlottes Franco Castro. Becks performance helped his team finish tied for third overall.
Beck won the Larry Gaither Hardaway Invitational in 2010, shooting 134 over two rounds, which is the second-best total in the tournaments history.
Jonathan Klotz, also a graduate of Columbus, tied for 32nd in the tournament with an 8-over 221.
More spring football practice dates announced
Three more schools have announced dates for the spring football practices.
Smiths Station will begin on April 25, though it will hit an immediate three-day hiatus due to the sectional track meet. It will then practice from April 29-May 10. The spring game will be on the last day at 7 p.m. against Charles Henderson at Smiths Station.
Brookstone will hold practices on May 6-9 and May 13-16, while Harris County will hold nine practices between April 24 and May 9. The Tigers spring game will be at 2 p.m. on May 10.
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