Competition is rampant on and off the field in college football. Powerhouse programs are constantly "stealing" recruits from each other. Though such acts are frowned upon in the college football world, it is a common act that is practiced for maximum success. Coach Nick Saban needs to make sure he can keep four star defensive end Mekhi Brown on the roster. Brown said he was highly tempted by Notre Dame after a visit to South Bend. The Fighting Irish offered Brown a scholarship as well.
Brown was extremely pleased with his visit to Notre Dame, however he has to weigh all his options. Coach Saban needs to sway Brown away from Notre Dame and other programs such as LSU and Florida State. Brown, a Georgia native, is a recruit with a high ceiling. The six foot five inch defensive end is versatile. Weighing only 217 pounds, Brown is a little undersized. Despite being lean, Brown can fill out and be an effective pass rusher in numerous defensive systems. As a junior, Brown totaled 56 tackles and 5 sacks. He is a force on the field that could become the long awaited pass rusher the Tide fans have been waiting for.
Coach Saban was able to land Brown due to the fact that he was extremely persuasive. Brown said Saban did a great job in convincing the young defensive end that Alabama is the place to go if you want win. The statistics and trophies clearly are nice example of Saban's success with the Tide. Notre Dame has struggled over the past few years to produce true champion caliber teams. The historic prestige of Notre Dame is appealing, however the winning tradition continues at Alabama. If winning is a top priority for Brown, he'll stick with his commitment to the Tide.
If Mekhi Brown wants to perfect his game, he needs to come play for coach Saban. Brown has admitted in interviews that despite being quick off the ball, he is also very raw. Brown wants to perfect his technique and style of play. Numerous programs recruiting Brown are looking to make him a "plug and play" type of end. It's easy to start a player based on hype and raw talent, however the Tide are looking to put the best possible product on the field. Brown can improve his game and maturity on the field greatly if he decides to play for Alabama.
Coach Saban encouraged Brown to look at other schools. It's a smart tactic. He basically has challenged Brown to find a program that surpasses Alabama's. Though many schools are luring in Brown, he may begin to realize that far and few programs are as professional and disciplined as Saban's.