Elmore County’s star softball player Elissa Brown made it official on Friday and signed with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
“I still can’t believe it. It’s such a great opportunity and I’m just thankful that I have it,” Brown said. “We’re all still in shock.”
The day was full of celebration thanks to a smooth transition in her split household.
“My dad is a big Alabama fan, but my mom is Auburn. But she’s converted over now,” Brown said. “She said, ‘Yeah, she got me.’”
Brown is a two-time All-State selection and led Elmore County with a .500 average, 41 stolen bases and 49 runs scored last season.
Now that she’s signed, Brown intends on working even harder to raise her play.
“Now that it’s official, I have to make it so I can maybe get there and be ready to play. That paper says ‘you’re on the team’ but you have to work hard to get your position,” Brown said.
Brown is capping off her big day by going to see Alabama basketball coach Avery Johnson’s debut against Kennesaw State.
“We get to celebrate in T Town,” Brown said.
Brew Tech’s Rogers signs with ASU
Brewbaker Tech swingman Austin Rogers extended the family legacy and signed to play basketball for Alabama State on Friday.
His father, Steve Rogers, is an assistant for the team. He also played at ASU, and was named to the SWAC Hall of Fame last month. His older brother, Steve Jr., will be a sophomore this season and is the reigning SWAC Freshman of the Year.
“I feel good, especially because I get to go play for my dad, for coach (Lewis) Jackson, and play with my brother. This is something I’ve been looking at for a long time and I finally got a chance to do it. I just took the opportunity when it came,” Austin said.
He led the Rams last season with 21.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Austin is a little taller than his older brother, and a little shorter than his dad. So in a game of 21, who would win?
“A lot of people have their own opinion. They say (Steve) can shoot better than me,” Austin said. “I say I’d win. There’s no fouls, so I basically could bully everybody.”