December 9, 2010

Brown steps up for senior year

Four-star linebacker and Alabama commit Shannon Brown entered the season as one of the top overall athletes in the state of Georgia with plenty of room to grow and improve as a football player. Brown showed plenty of improvement this season both on and off the field as he helped Cook High School to a 12-1 record and an appearance in the state quarterfinals.

"Shannon has grown up an incredible amount over the last year," said Cook Coach Ken Cofer.  "To be honest, there were times where he was disappointing us for whatever reason, but the mental maturity he has shown this season has been tremendous.  He was a leader on and off the field for us.  If someone wasn't in line, he would make sure they were straightened out quick. He was just a pure joy to be around."

Cofer said the commitment Brown made to getting in better shape made a major difference in his ability to make big plays this season.

"I know it doesn't sound right, but he lost 40 pounds of weight from last year.  You may think that sounds like a lot, but you should see him now.  He looks terrific.  He was playing at over 250 pounds last year and looked heavy at times, but he was at around 215 for us this season and played lights out.  He was sideline to sideline.  Anything we asked him to do, he did it."

Brown's commitment to Alabama has been solid since he first committed back in February and Cofer said the Crimson Tide coaching staff have worked hard to maintain a strong relationship with Brown.

"I am an Auburn guy, but I told Shannon with the support that he was getting from Coach (Kirby) Smart and Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt, he made the right decision.  I know he will be taken care of at Alabama.  They are going to help him develop and get to the next level.  Both of them were at the school watching his senior film with me recently, and their jaws dropped.  They had no idea he would look as good as he did.  They think he is one of the best kids they have committed.

"We have had schools call about him like Georgia and Florida State, but he is solid to Alabama.  He has some things to take care of in the classroom and is working hard to get there.  He needs to bring up his grades and test score a little and he will be okay.  The way he has taken care of business lately, we have a lot of confidence he will get it done."

Brown is rated as the No. 12 inside linebacker prospect in the nation by Rivals.com and is a member of the Rivals250.

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