BLOG — Fadol Brown’s text message about the school he wanted to attend and finish his playing career said all that needed to be said late Friday morning.
With the three words “Ole Miss baby,” the 6-foot-5 1/2, 271-pound defensive end was officially a Rebel. Brown’s commitment comes a month before the start of summer drills and after about three weeks of heavy courtship from a bevy of schools from the Southeastern Conference.
Brown, who is a native of Charleston S.C., played his freshman season at Florida International in 2012. He played in 10 games and started two for former head coach Mario Cristobal, who was dismissed last December. Brown went through spring drills with the Golden Panthers and he gave new head coach, Ron Turner, and his staff a chance to build a relationship that, fortunately for Ole Miss, never materialized.
Looking for a new place to call home, Brown originally thought he would play a semester at Itawamba Community College. That opportunity led him to Ole Miss, one of the many schools that inquired about his services once he was in the state waiting his release from FIU. Instead of being an ICC Indian, Brown is now a Rebel, choosing Ole Miss over Mississippi State, Miami, Tennessee, LSU and a handful of other top programs such as Texas.
“Ole Miss has everything I’m looking for. I just love it down there,” Brown told Ole Miss Spirit Publisher Chuck Rounsaville. “First of all, it’s a family atmosphere. The way the coaches, players and fans treated me was exactly what I was hoping for in a new school. Family is important to me. I have a great bond with Coach (Hugh) Freeze — he’s a special man, a guy I can give everything I have to.”
In an interview with the EAGLE on June 20, Brown said he was treated like family on his visit, which included hanging out with Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche.
“I had a good time on the Square,” Brown said. “The staff seems like a lot of good dudes. I was mostly around Coach Freeze and Coach (Dave) Wommack when I was there.”
Brown will arrive in Oxford in August and be allowed to practice with the team but due to NCAA transfer rules, he can’t play in a game until the 2014 season. While at FIU, Brown made eight tackles, including 1.5 sacks. He has seen time as both an end and tackle. As a senior at Burke High in Charleston, Brown was credited with 107 tackles and 15 sacks. He had offers from Syracuse, Minnesota and Troy before choosing FIU due to Cristobal in 2012.
Alabama, where Cristobal is employed currently as the offensive line coach, was one of the schools that was in pursuit of Brown recently.
(July 5, 2013)