‘Undecided’ Brown ‘ready to compete’ as Malcome commits

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

M.L. King running back Mack Brown could be the perfect next piece to be added to the puzzle that is Georgia’s 2010 football recruiting class.

Three weeks in a row, the Bulldogs have landed prize recruit after prize recruit. Newnan safety Alec Ogletree last week followed offensive tackle Brent Benedict of Jacksonville the week before. The week before that, Calhoun receiver Da’Rick Rogers joined the committed club.

On Tuesday, Southwest DeKalb running back Kendrun Malcome — a friend of Brown’s since the fifth grade — committed to the Bulldogs. He’s the 27th-best running back in the Class of 2010, according to Scout.com and the 31st-best according to Rivals.com.

Malcome is the Bulldogs’ first running back commitment. At 6 feet, 213 pounds, he could add a power element to the Dogs’ backfield that would complement the speedy Brown, the sixth-best running back according to Rivals and seventh-best according to Scout.

Brown, who told the AJC Tuesday he is “still undecided” and is choosing among Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma and LSU, said Malcome’s decision would not affect him.

“I’m still ready to compete,” Brown said.

Malcome said he picked the Bulldogs because of the relationships he has forged with head coach Mark Richt and assistants Rodney Garner and Bryan McClendon.

“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 school work was going.”

Though Florida is putting together a formidable class of its own, Dogs fans get excited every time they beat the Gators to any prospect. Georgia fans exulted on the Internet Tuesday, but likely will go over the top if Brown commits to playing in Athens. Brown, however, declined to set a timetable for his decision.

Malcome said getting his decision out of the way is a relief, even though committing early is a move frowned on by his high school coach, Buck Godfrey.

“Now, I can focus on school work and playing football,” Malcome said. “[Godfrey] felt good about it. He wants to make sure everyone is treated right.”

Malcome said it would be hard for him to feel any more right than he does now.

“I feel 100 percent,” Malcome said.

103 comments Add your comment

Tide Rising

June 30th, 2009
7:30 pm

Am I first? We were hoping to get him but I think now it looks like it will be UF. Dawgs still have a chance. Hopefully it will free up Corey Grant to commit to Bama now that it looks like Brown will be a dawg or a gator.

Tide Rising

June 30th, 2009
7:33 pm

I think Maxie is a little behind. On the Bama recruiting site he had his final 3 as Bama, UGA, and UF. He just announced that its now down to UGA and UF so it looks like we’re out of it.

Ali Alah Akbar

June 30th, 2009
7:39 pm

Please come to Georgia Tech, all the fine co-eds will love you!!!

BigMike

June 30th, 2009
8:00 pm

When you think of Tailbacks M. Brown you think of Ga, and the UGA. I know your young, but have mom, and dad get you some old films, and you will see only USC,and Auburn, in the last 20 years have put them there as often. BOY COME TO THE DAWG POUND! Unless you scared of a little competition.

thomas johnson

June 30th, 2009
8:00 pm

DAWG13'

June 30th, 2009
8:13 pm

Woof woof!!!!!! this class mite add up to the asher rashad stafford moreno class!!!

K-Town Dawg

June 30th, 2009
8:28 pm

Cue the nerd herd.

Recruitnik

June 30th, 2009
8:41 pm

If Mack Brown is smart he picks uga. Urban meyer hasn’t had a 1,000 rusher ever in his coaching career. He uses his wrs and his qb to do his running. Mack Brown pay attention to Knowshon Moreno top 12 pick in the 1st round. When was the last time meyer had a rb picked in the 1st round? never.. LOL

BEWARE OF THE BITE

June 30th, 2009
9:05 pm

yeah, just ask the usc back that transferred to florida…i cannot remember that joes name right off. Good move dude to switch from the trojans bench to gayturd’s. Richt will make you a 1st round pick in Athens. then,,,,fast cars and fast women. Mack, i’m sure u will make the right decision.

Scottie Hendrix

June 30th, 2009
9:20 pm

Emmanuel Moody transferred from USC to Jean Shorts University

mike g.

June 30th, 2009
9:22 pm

Storm Johnson should take a look at this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmuRBZ9ZDo4

Flo-Ri-Duh!

June 30th, 2009
9:31 pm

11 down and 11 to go. Still thin at corner.

FL DAWG

June 30th, 2009
9:46 pm

I would like to see Brown to commit to UGA and a number of DE and DT plus one top corner and a FB. Wouldn’t hurt to have another OL.

Welcome aboard to the BulldogNation Malcome !!

June 30th, 2009
9:55 pm

I SAID IS GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDOG & THE HELLLLLLLLLLLL WITH TECH !!!!

YerGatorDaddy

June 30th, 2009
10:03 pm

Yeah Emanuel Moody made a horrible move. Instead of playing on a team that is headed for probation he has the horrible misfortune of having to wear those gaudy SEC Championship and BCS National Champion rings. Poor kid, that kind of jewelry really weighs you down. You f’ing idiot dawgs. Mack Brown wants to be a champion too. Thats why he will be a Gator. Dawgs must hate the very mention of Jacksonville. Ha! We own you, you frikken buttsniffers!!!

obomaisaclown

June 30th, 2009
10:09 pm

Word of second letter for bama boys could be hurting . They got off on the first one , let’s see what happen with # 2 .

Too Easy

June 30th, 2009
10:11 pm

Hope Mack isn’t related to Corine (D-FL)

nggator

June 30th, 2009
10:15 pm

Beware of the Bite and Scottie Hendrix: You 2 are classless; Hide behind your screen names!! Ga. is having a great recruiting “season” and I don’t have a problem with it! The SEC is great football and what goes around comes around. How long have you guys followed the WGOP?

BKbroila

June 30th, 2009
10:16 pm

UGA is a much better fit for Mack Brown….I mean, come on guys. Georgia fans are right on this one. Mack Brown is a power runner and UGA is a tailback school….He won’t fit into Florida’s offense. Recruitnik is right. I don’t care what Meyer promises him…he will not draft very high out of UF

ugay

June 30th, 2009
10:41 pm

DAWG13– you are a fag.

G'Bait

June 30th, 2009
11:27 pm

He might have bigger stats at UGA but will have a better chance of championship trophies and rings at Florida. If he’s good enough, the NFL will be there for him regardless of which university he attends.

Urban has not yet landed a RB recruit the calibre of Mack Brown. Be a Gator and celebrate championships under the tutelage of the best coach in the SEC – which also makes him the best coach in the country.

GATOR CHOMP

June 30th, 2009
11:43 pm

All of the money that Saint Richt is throwing at these recruits is going 2 leave a trail.And when the NCAA gets a hold of his a$$ its going 2 be a ugly sight.Trust me losers UGAy will be on probation real soon and like i said before where there’s smoke there’s fire just ask Marlon Brown about his big payday.I know from a reliable source that Marlon was on his way to Tennessee before Saint Richt showed him the money.UGAy is going down “Book It”

Tide Rising

July 1st, 2009
12:09 am

What is this that everybody is all of a sudden talking about Georgia going on probation? I’ve seen that mentioned in the last couple of days on a couple other sites. Frankly I don’t believe any of it. I say that because this year we’ve been seeing some Auburn message boards started a huge internet rumor that Bama was paying players out of Gadsden. Turned out not only to be totally bogus but now it looks like the Auburn booster who started the rumor is being questioned by the NCAA about starting the rumors. Posters like obamaisaclown just writing baseless accusations while hiding behind a keyboard.

The Dawg

July 1st, 2009
12:20 am

Hey Gator Chomp – you are failing to grasp that CUM would bend the rules long before CMR. Sad you have to flame someone when intelligent people see right through your attempt.

Matt

July 1st, 2009
1:01 am

Tim Tebow is to Urban Meyer as John Elway is to Mike Shanahan.

GATOR CHOMP

July 1st, 2009
1:17 am

I like men. I really like men.

warhorse

July 1st, 2009
6:26 am

Recruitnik is a typical poodle fan. Because the pups do not win the big one, he is left to talk about statistics and draft spots. Someday the poodles will discover that football is a team game and the real statistics is wins. Try 49-10 as the stat that means a whole lot more than draft spot, except to losers!

Long Dawg

July 1st, 2009
7:52 am

Do the Gators not have a Gator blog? After all their success you’d think the Gator fans would have a little more class. Georgia still leads in the overall series and the worm will turn again. Gator Chomp and Warhorse go comb your mullets. Try 40 to 32. This year the battle in Jacksonville will be a barn burner and the Gators will be lucky to get out with a win. Everyone is picking this as an automatic loss for Georgia and that works for Georgia not Florida. I have been watching this series for over 30 years and anything can happen. Ask Ole Miss.

Elliot Garcia

July 1st, 2009
8:03 am

This is a college recruiting blog not a UGA blog….get over it!

Gator Growl

July 1st, 2009
8:05 am

Actually, Mack Browns size, speed and style is the perfect RB fit for Floridas offense. Urban Meyer has been “chomping” at the bit to get a star RB because he would like to have a guy he could give the ball to 15 times a game. That is precisely why he has put such a priority on the position and decided to handle Macks recruitment himself! Georgia is now pretty well set at RB with the highly touted Ealey coming in (funny, don’t seem to hear Georgia fans talking him up so much now that they seem to want M Brown!) and Malcome with this class. Also, expect to see E. Moody become a vital part of the Florida offense this season…

Bamafan

July 1st, 2009
8:19 am

The crimson tide and gators are having a great recruiting year for 2010 and the dawgs are coming on strong!! Hope the Brown kid picks the dawgs over the gators!! ROLL TIDE FOLKS!!

GATOR CHOMP

July 1st, 2009
8:20 am

It’s true, People confide in me and give me information on recruiting violations that no one else can get. I’m a real cool guy. Lets play Call of Duty.

takedowndawg

July 1st, 2009
8:24 am

Gator chomp & g-bait, UGA will be an excellent fit for Mack and you know it. Florida’s Meyer will be leaving you within 2 years post Tebow and it has you with your panties in a wad. You’re hoping that Mack (Percy Harvin -like) could convince Meyer to stay around a while longer. It won’t. Meyer will be on the 1st train to Notre Dame or Michigan(”take-the-money”) at a 1st offer POST TEBOW.
Think it through, you know I’m right. So relax, and enjoy the final ride year. It should be a good one for you gators. Go SEC.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

July 1st, 2009
8:27 am

Gator Growl, I think you made the point. Brown must decide between a smaller role (15 carries) on a team with a better shot to play for a NC or a bigger role (22-25 carries) on a team trying to unseed UF and become a big cog in UGA fortunes. He will decide if he wants to be a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond. At UGA, he would be the big fish.

Samear Turbin

July 1st, 2009
8:48 am

Please come to Tech, we have the best Pita wraps in the south and we love a good Jihad. Our coach runs a 12 tier option offense, which is good for you. Tech rules, go Kazistan and ali akbar.

TampaGator

July 1st, 2009
8:55 am

Bank Walker…sort of like Percy Harvin was a little fish in a big pond, right? Take down dog…why would anyone leave Florida to go coach at Notre Dame or Michigan? Would you? Are you crazy. Meyer is coaching in a college football coach gold mine in Gainesville. He will win many more NC there. He and his family love Gainsville. He gets the best players in the nation every year…his choice of players. KEEP ON DREAMING. That is all the bulldog nation ever does…DREAM unrealistically.

romedawg

July 1st, 2009
9:05 am

Last I heard Brown was really thinking highly of Auburn. Has anything changed about that? Is it really down to UGA and Florida?

Gator in the Hootch

July 1st, 2009
9:24 am

Georgia is very deep at RB and they just added several more to the picture. So Brown will see the light of too many RB at Georgia and my skills best fit in Meyer’s offense and go to Florida. And the championship run will continue with Georgia fans continuing to dream about what it is like to win a NC.

60sdcgator

July 1st, 2009
9:26 am

You looooooser UGA fans are so typical and predictable. The most famous person to ever come out of that backward state is Jimmy Carter and that ought to tell you something right there…..another loooooser. We own you and you all know it, so just sit back and take it like men. Your coach is average at best and you all know that also. That stupid stunt he pulled in Jacksonville two years ago was the biggest joke I have ever seen in sports. Florida was very young that year and UGA had the superior team so you need to ask yourselves why would he need to motivate his team 3/4 of the way through that season only to have it backfire on him a year later when the Gators rubbed his nose in it. Not real smart! Get used to it puppies, cause Urban has the program in high gear and he has just gotten started.

Conservatism leads to paranoia

July 1st, 2009
9:40 am

60sdcgator, I see you crawled out from under your trailor to scratch your ass and comb your mullet. Georgia leads in the overall series with Florida so I guess that means we own you. The worm will turn pool cleaner so just keep running your mouth.

Stonewall B

July 1st, 2009
9:44 am

Your a joke 60sdcgator. Until the state of Florida produces a president of Jimmy Carter’s caliber, please keep to blogging about sports. Florida is crowing now but where were u when Vince Dooley was outcoaching every Gator coach, including Galen Hall. All things run in cycles and we will see what happens when Tim Tebow graduates. If my memory serves me right Florida and Georgia are 1-1 with Tebow as starting qb.

Grant

July 1st, 2009
9:44 am

How many NC does Ga. have? That’s what I thought. All the talent in the world and no one to coach them. Matinez sux ass. Richt-Nice guy, but you know where they finish. Miami rules.

Hunting Dawg

July 1st, 2009
9:48 am

Let’s see here??? If the roles were reversed and we had stomped on Florida as much as they have stomped on UGA, we would be on their blogs trashing the crap out of them. So we have got to accept, like it or not, that they are going to do it to us. All it boils down to is that UGA has got to start beating Florida on a consistent basis in order for us to be able to trash them. So, our well being in the blog world is resting upon the shoulders of 18-21 year old kids who we have no control over. Lesson in this all… lighten the hell up and let the kids play. I seriously doubt that there is one blogger here who actually played college football for UGA or UF. Quite trying to base your college self-esteem on these kids.

Go Dawgs!!!!

Truedawg

July 1st, 2009
9:52 am

I’ll post this again for the gayturds who didnt see it yesterday….and this is coming from the 5 Star commit you have – Matt Elam – ……..

One thing Elam said concerns him is he has heard rumors there will be coaching changes at Florida after this season. He declined to say who had been providing him with those reports.

“I’m still committed to Florida,” Elam said. “I’m just looking around to see something different in case something goes down and I can’t go to Florida anymore.

“… I’ve heard a lot about coaching changes and things like that and I haven’t visited any other places but Florida. I want to look at other places and give other people a chance.”

GATA!!!!

TommyP

July 1st, 2009
9:53 am

A lot of you are worse than elementary kids with the back and forth childish insults. Grow up.

The Florida fan that said Urban is looking for a tailback he can give it to “15 times a game” summed up the reason why most tailbacks should avoid Florida. If you’re a true, gamebreaking tailback coming into college, you want to tote the rock more than that.

Georgia still has a spot for a gamebreaker and we all saw what happens when the Dawgs have a clear-cut top RB with Knowshown and Musa.

Bama just picked up Trent Richardson this past year so there is not much separation in great backs there.

LSU? That’s the one that worries me.

MattDawg

July 1st, 2009
9:56 am

Mack Brown was surprised by Ogletree’s commitment to Georgia and has talked extensively to Ogletree about Georgia. Also after those conversations is when Brown decided to move his decision up to July. I think he is a Dawg for sure. He grew up a Dawg fan. He will most likely be a Dawg.

takedowndawg

July 1st, 2009
10:15 am

Tampagator, it will be for the mooooney. a.k.a. steve spurrier. You’ll see.

takedowndawg

July 1st, 2009
10:54 am

Tampagator, why would Meyer leave? It’s called Moooooney. a.k.a. Steve Spurrier. Plus, it would get him back to his northern roots, specifically Notre coaching history.

alabamadawg

July 1st, 2009
11:06 am

60sdcgator, personally, I think Jimmy Carter is a class act, even if I don’t always agree with him.But, I’d rather think of Kim Bassinger…so lets leave politics out of this . The state of Florida is a gold mine of talent and Spurrier woke up the gator nation, the Cryer’s light will start fading after superman leaves. Now that thats out of the way, I want the dawgs to get more lineman on both sides, and please NO QB’s for this class.

The Grinch

July 1st, 2009
11:07 am

To Gator Chomp (11:43 PM post)

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!! So now you’ve got the inside scoop about UGA soon going on probation? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

I’ll give you credit for one thing – your post is not a crude as previously and you actually spelled a few words correctly. Those GEDs really come in handy. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!