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Alabama Football picks up another elite defensive lineman for 2018

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Saban steals yet another defensive tackle out of Texas

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Despite many speculating not to hear a commitment from 4-star defensive lineman Bobby Brown until close to the old National Signing Day, he ended up committing to Alabama earlier today over offers from teams such as Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, and Ohio State.

Brown is the 13th ranked defensive tackle in the nation, and 146 overall by way of 247Sports’ composite rankings. At 6’4” 282, he projects as a defensive end in Alabama’s base 3-4 defense that can play a 3-tech in nickel.

Hailing from Arlington, Texas, he was teammates with current Alabama offensive lineman Chris Owens.

“The harder you get hit, the harder you have to hit back,” Brown said with a laugh when asked what he learned from Owens. “He won the majority of the battles back then. He was just so powerful. I was only a sophomore at the time, so he was much stronger than me.”

With Alabama losing so many players along the interior of the defensive line going into 2018, the addition of Brown, along with fellow commits Stephon Wynn and Christian Barmore, is absolutely huge in shoring up an area of depth concern for Nick Saban.