It only took a couple of trips to Auburn for Beniquez Brown to put the Tigers at the top of his list.
The junior running back from Florence (Ala.) High visited Auburn for back-to-back games in October against Arkansas and LSU.
“I really liked Alabama and then I came down to Auburn and really enjoyed the environment and how the coaches will come up and talk to you,” Brown said.
“When I come visit I can see myself playing there in front of all the fans and everything. The environment is real nice and the major I want to go into, medicine, they have the best.”
Brown said he spoke with Auburn assistant Phillip Lolley during his visits.
“He just said that I’m a heck of a player and to just keep my work up,” Brown said.
Brown accounted for approximately 1,500 yards of total offense as a junior with 17 touchdowns including two on kickoff returns. He also led Florence in tackles with approximately 145.
“He’s a tremendous athlete,” Florence coach Alvin Briggs said. “He plays several different positions for us. He’s the starting linebacker but he plays running back on offense, does a little Wildcat quarterback and he’s run some kicks back for touchdowns his year. He’s just a tremendous talent.”
Briggs said Brown, who is 6-foot-2, 210 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in the mid-4.5’s, is also a standout in the classroom.
“He’s a tremendous student and does what he’s supposed to in the classroom,” he said. “He’s got a great attitude and is a tremendous kid to work with on the field. He embraces his role in the weight room.”
Brown, who has also attended three Alabama games, plans to return to Auburn Nov. 13 for the Georgia game. He is currently receiving interest from Auburn, Alabama, Missouri and Nebraska, and lists Auburn as his early leader.
“The most important thing for me is how they run things and how they work and the academics and how hard they push that,” he said.
Brown also plays basketball and baseball at Florence but plans to concentrate on football in college. He’s considering majoring in sports medicine or physical therapy.