‘Trust’ was key for SWD’s Malcome

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Maybe other coaches should do a little more praying. That’s the way Georgia coach Mark Richt says he ultimately gets the right players to become Bulldogs, and judging from some of the commitments he and his staff have recently secured, it’s working.

Southwest DeKalb running back Kendrun Malcome is the latest to join the fold, telling the AJC today that the relationships he’s forged with Richt and assistant coaches Rodney Garner and Bryan McClendon ultimately bred the winning trust.

“My trust in the coaches and that I was comfortable with the atmosphere and comfortable with the other players [were the deciding factors],” Malcome told the AJC. “They run my type of offense, pro-style. The coaches told me what life would be like outside of football. They cared about how my family was doing, how my schoolwork was going.”

Malcolm, a 6-foot, 213-pound rising senior, is rated by scout.com as the nation’s 27th-best running back and the 31st-best by rivals. He joins recent coups Alec Ogletree of Newnan, Brent Benedict of the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla., Da’Rick Rogers of Calhoun — all players who chose the Bulldogs over Florida.

The Gators, who have put together a rock-solid class of their own, are still battling the Dogs for an even higher-profile running back in Georgia’s back yard. M.L. King’s Mack Brown, rated the sixth-best in the nation at his position by rivals and the seventh-best by scout, has narrowed his choices to those two schools.

Malcome said his high school coach, the highly esteemed Buck Godfrey, “felt good” about his commitment. Godfrey is known to discourage players from committing early, but Malcome said, “He just wants to make sure everyone is treated right.”

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the real OLD GOLD

June 30th, 2009
3:06 pm

Good luck kid. Except come November of course…

Fast Eddie

June 30th, 2009
3:09 pm

Maxie, you are as obsessed as the rest of these Dawg fans about the Gators. I guess the Gators must be the standard by which Dawg fans measure their teams.

reebok

June 30th, 2009
3:10 pm

Tech fan here. Good luck, young man, and glad you stayed in-state. See you on the Flats one day soon!

Lil Yodi

June 30th, 2009
3:12 pm

SWD is right around the way from me. I grew up hearing about the legendary coach Godfrey, back during the Quincy Carter days and so on. I love when Dekalb Country kids join the Bulldogs. Welcome aboard. To the haters that are sure to come and post lame comments…. GET A LIFE!!!!

Maddog

June 30th, 2009
3:16 pm

Fast Eddie, how in the world does this article give you reason to accuse Maxie of being obsessed wiht the gators? I mean look at you, you’re the second poster on this blog about a UGA football commit. Now I ask you, who is obsessed with whom?

Diamond Dawg

June 30th, 2009
3:17 pm

Woof woof woof!!!!!!!!!

Portland Dawg

June 30th, 2009
3:19 pm

reebok and Old Gold….class posts. Hope that trend will stay.

reservoirDAWG

June 30th, 2009
3:24 pm

spider

June 30th, 2009
3:27 pm

wow ,it looks like the dawgs are going to win another SUMMER national championship

UGA M.D.

June 30th, 2009
3:32 pm

thanks for bringing us back to reality spider, here we were thinking we might have a blog full of classy posts for once

yellow fuzz

June 30th, 2009
3:34 pm

“wow ,it looks like the dawgs are going to win another SUMMER national championship”

LOL.

B

June 30th, 2009
3:37 pm

stoopid

June 30th, 2009
3:40 pm

does anyone know about when Mack Brown is supposed to commit???

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

June 30th, 2009
3:41 pm

Eddie I think the Gators are the standard that all teams are jundged by. And by the way, yellow fuzz has a girl friend. LOL

reservoirDAWG

June 30th, 2009
3:46 pm

Now I’ve read it all. Lane Kiffin has offerred Eric Berry’s 13 year old brother Evan. I’m sure LK will still be at UT.

BigTimeTECHFan

June 30th, 2009
3:53 pm

Wow, nother nice pick up for UGA, Tech doing good to. I hope both teams load up, so the GT vs UGA game will be national game of the year
My dream of Georgia Tech playing UGA as no 1 vs No 2 may happen someday.

Go Jackets, but good job for MR, I think two class coaches in Georgia

Saint Simons

June 30th, 2009
3:57 pm

Here, let me get on here too, with yellow fuzz – I am gay!!!!! hahahahahaha

FL DAWG

June 30th, 2009
4:15 pm

Good pick up dawgs now go get some DE and DT. We lose a ton of talent after this year at DT and to date we don’t have anyone that has stepped up at DE. This has the making of another very good class. Let us hope that CMR, CWM and CMB coach up the talent already in house and have a great year.

stoopid

June 30th, 2009
4:16 pm

does anyone know when Mack Brown is supposed to commit???

Bulldog Fan

June 30th, 2009
4:20 pm

Seriously, why are GT fans always on our blogs? Can someone explain it?

UGA

June 30th, 2009
4:22 pm

Anyword if this decision will alter Brown’s decision? I heard he was on the verge of making a commitment.

Larry

June 30th, 2009
4:26 pm

I wonder how many national championships Florida would have the past three seasons if the NCAA conducted illegal drug tests and criminal background checks right before the title game?

Smart choice kid! You’ll arrive as a teenager, leave as a real man under Richt, and your parents will sleep well at night!

Urban Cryer

June 30th, 2009
4:32 pm

I don’t know why he turned me down after I promised to make him a starter in the first game of his 1st year. After all, I am the worlds best coach including basketball.

Jones

June 30th, 2009
4:37 pm

Mack Brown is supposedly making his decision in July. Go Dawgs!!!

DAWG13'

June 30th, 2009
4:39 pm

response to Diamond Dawg..
woof woof!!!!!lol

TechDan

June 30th, 2009
4:40 pm

Uhh, Bulldog Fan: This is not a UGA blog. This is a recruiting blog. Wrong place to complain.

Good luck, kid. I’d much rather see you play at Georgia than see you on the sidelines at Florida. Hopefully, Clean Old-Fashioned Hate will have NC implications in the next few years, now that Tech is finally back on track.

txdawg

June 30th, 2009
4:45 pm

REEBOK – class act, now thats how UGA and GT Tech fans should relate to each other’s recruits, with respect and not throwing barbs at each other…. can’t we all just get along???

stoopid

June 30th, 2009
4:47 pm

thanks jones

AJ

June 30th, 2009
4:48 pm

From what i read on rival and scout the Dawgs want to try and get two Backs in this class. My Guess is that Mack brown heads down to Fla, but i believe that UGA still has a shot at E. Clements down in Miami. We are in his top two or three. but who knows, I wait till they sign on the dotted line before i get too excited about them.

The Red and Black

June 30th, 2009
4:50 pm

[...] more: Pretty good recruiting story/column from the AJC’s Darryl Maxie on Georgia’s newest addition to the class of 2010, Southwest Dekalb tailback Kendrun [...]

Chapel Bell

June 30th, 2009
4:56 pm

Uhh, TechDan and GTInsider just don’t get it. When the recruiting topic is about UGA their famous retort is “this is a recruiting blog”. We are allowed to play in the sandbox (now that we have won 1 out of the last 8). “Tech is back on track”-bet you were saying that after your bowl game with the cajuns. Yeah, it’s not a UGA blog; it’s a recruiting blog, BUT the entire blog is about UGA. Go ahead…respond with some type of high horse comment and socialistic sense of belonging. Dipsh*ts.

[...] ‘Trust’ was key for SWD’s Malcome | AJC College Sports Recruiting ‘Trust’ was key for SWD’s Malcome 2:56 pm June 30, 2009, by Darryl Maxie By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com Maybe other coaches should do a little more praying. That’s the way Georgia coach Mark Richt says he ultimately gets the right players to become Bulldogs, and judging from some of the commitments he and his staff have recently secured, it’s working. Southwest DeKalb running back Kendrun Malcome is the latest to join the fold, telling the AJC today that the relationships he’s forged with Richt and assistant coaches Rodney Garner and Bryan McClendon ultimately bred the winning trust. “My trust in coaches and that I was comfortable with the atmosphere and comfortable with the other players [was the deciding factor],” Malcome told the AJC. “They run my type of offense, pro-style. The coaches told me what life would be like outside of football. They cared about how my family was doing, how my schoolwork was going.” Malcolm, a 6-foot, 213-pound rising senior, is rated by scout.com as the nation’s 27th-best running back and the 31st-best by rivals. He joins recent coups Alec Ogletree of Newnan, Brent Benedict of the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla., Da’Rick Rogers of Calhoun — all players who chose the Bulldogs over Florida. The Gators, who have put together a rock-solid class of their own, are still battling the Dogs for an even higher-profile running back in Georgia’s back yard. M.L. King’s Mack Brown, rated the sixth-best in the nation at his position by rivals and the seventh-best by scout, has narrowed his choices to those two schools. Malcome said his high school coach, the highly esteemed Buck Godfrey, “felt good” about his commitment. Godfrey is known to discourage players from committing early, but Malcome said, “He just wants to make sure everyone is treated right.” [...]

TampaGator

June 30th, 2009
5:14 pm

Maxie…go to Rivals or Scouts.com…and you will see that almost every player in the country is being considered by Florida or every player has Florida on his top 5 list of schools. That does not mean that Florida wants every player in the country, especially the 27th rated RB in the country, or lost out to Georgia to that player. Believe me, I follow Gator recruiting very closely and I have never heard this kid’s name mentioned as a top target, ever! Florida has higher goals than than this kid. Brown being one of them. This kid might best fit Georgia’s offense, but Brown fits perfectly into Florida’s offense and he knows it, He also loves it in Gainesville, he loves the Florida coaches and Gator family, and he wants to win championships, not just talk about them. Florida will get 2 or 3 RBs this year and they will be some of the best out there. I find it funny the you somehow used the “trust” word as to indicate that he does not “trust” the Florida coaches. Nowhere does the kid even indicate that. Trust is a big thing with every recruit, but it does not mean that the recruit does not trust the others that recruited him. You really have a Florida phobia and a Meyer phobia…but I can’t really blame you since losing so often to Florida the last 20 years can cause such phobias.

UGAsNewOwnerIs.....GT

June 30th, 2009
5:15 pm

If Tech was whupped by the cajuns and Tech beat the Dawgies then how bad must the Dawgies
have been? Makes a mind think don’t it. Rollover and play dead little Dawgy…you learned
that trick well from your “new owner” in the second half of the GT/UGA game. No Dawgie
has ever rolled over and played dead better. Really good trick. Good Dawgie
deserves a Dawgie treat from GT. When you do that trick again in 2009 you get another
Dawgie treat. Good…Good…Good Dawgie.

bulldog

June 30th, 2009
5:16 pm

Bell shut up…..

gatorman770

June 30th, 2009
5:16 pm

Good luck Kendrun. If I was number nine on the Gators RB wishlist, according to Scout, I’d go ahead and commit where you “Trust” you’ll get to start like Whinin’Richt promised.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

June 30th, 2009
5:29 pm

Who cares were this kid rates right now. Good coaching equals solid running backs. Knowshon wasn’t a top 5 back out of high school.

Golden White

June 30th, 2009
5:31 pm

Congratulations UGA and CMR. Good pick up with this young man.
Way to go Kendrun Malcome. I think your decision to play for the Bulldogs is outstanding. Hit the books and get a good education and
play hard. I look forward to a lot of entertaining Saturday’s, especially on the Flats and between The Hedges.

Bulldog Fan

June 30th, 2009
5:33 pm

TechDan, it’s a recruiting blog about a UGA recruit? What part of the blog is about Georgia Tech?

MiltonDawg

June 30th, 2009
5:33 pm

uga’s new owner: why don’t you ask LSU since we beat them last year. listen, myself and everyone else with common sense knows your offense is nothing special nor is GT. best of luck though.

Chapel Bell

June 30th, 2009
5:34 pm

Um, the Dawgies beat the cajuns. Please see gatorman770; you nerds could learn some posting skills from one of our SEC rivals. Your one win out of eight does not qualify you to talk smack. You can only do that when you win seven of the last eight. Once again, see gatorman770 you silly little nerd bitches.

MiltonDawg

June 30th, 2009
5:38 pm

gatorman: we all know rankings don’t mean anything. #9, #1, #27, it all adds up and nothing is ever guaranteed. we’re stacked in RB spot, it’s just adding more fuel to the fire.

law dawg

June 30th, 2009
5:39 pm

To the gator fans downplaying this pick up, Kendrun may or may not have been near the top of your wishlist – but he was good enough in the eyes of the UF coaches to offer him a scholarship, and he turned it down to head to UGA. There are certainly other big fish out there, but this was still a good pick up for the dawgs.

TampaGator

June 30th, 2009
5:47 pm

Law dawg. No doubt, Florida would have taken the kid as a big back that really does not fit the system at Florida. But he certainly was not actively recruited by the Gator coaches like many other RBs are around the nation, including Brown. If Georiga gets Brown, then the Georgia coaches really have done well against the Gators because they want Brown very badly. Like the TE from Tampa last year. That was a great get from the Gators.

Chapel Bell

June 30th, 2009
5:48 pm

OK nerds. Time to move to another blog. One has just been posted….Darryl Maxie has “breaking news” on Lame Kitten and his middle school recruit. I’m sure you guys can weave in a UGA dig since the blog will be all about UT. Move on to the next sand box; Dipsh*ts.

dawes

June 30th, 2009
6:05 pm

the dogs are getting cloeser to national title

K-Town Dawg

June 30th, 2009
6:41 pm

TampaGator,

Not actively recruited by the Gator coaches???
Receiving an offer for a full ride says otherwise.

Portland Dawg

June 30th, 2009
7:00 pm

“But he certainly was not actively recruited by the Gator coaches like many other RBs are around the nation, including Brown. If Georiga gets Brown, then the Georgia coaches really have done well against the Gators because they want Brown very badly. Like the TE from Tampa last year. That was a great get from the Gators.”

weird I thought when a school offers a scholly that means they are actively recruiting that player.

Gator Growl

June 30th, 2009
7:10 pm

Malcome is a good back and no doubt fits the UGA system much better than UFs. Mack Brown has been a priority from jump street and has been at the top of the board from day one. The fact that Urban himself is recruiting him tells you all you need to know. Brown has the talent to really flourish in the Florida offense, would love to see him in the Orange and Blue.