By DARRYL MAXIE / firstname.lastname@example.org
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.