Mack Brown says he won’t commit while at Florida

The Georgia Bulldogs will no doubt be a little nervous this weekend as one of their top remaining targets gets the red-carpet treatment in Gainesville, Fla.

Mack Brown, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound running back from Lithonia’s Martin Luther King High School, is among 200 elite prospects attending the Florida Gators’ “Friday Night Lights” camp this weekend. There he will be subjected to speeches from head coach Urban Meyer and other assistant coaches, will be wooed by fellow recruits who already plan on signing with the Gators and will get an up-close-and-personal look at Florida’s national championship trophy, which reportedly will be spotlighted on the middle of Florida Field during the camp Friday night.

Georgia fans can take comfort in this one bit of news from Brown, who spoke to the AJC shortly before arriving on the Florida campus Friday afternoon — he will not commit to the Gators while on his visit.

“Nah, I’m just going to take everything in,” said Brown, reached by telephone in Gainesville Friday afternoon shortly before taking part in the recruiting activities.

Brown, who literally has dozens of scholarship offers, did confirm what everybody pretty much already knows — that his decision is coming down between Georgia and Florida. And he said he’ll be making his choice very soon.

“I want to get it over with before the season starts,” he said. “I probably won’t wait much longer.”

While Brown will be hearing a lot about the Gators this weekend, he has been hearing a lot about the Bulldogs all week. Georgia got commitments from three players in four days — including a pair of fellow Atlantans, Garrison Smith (Douglass) and T.J. Stripling (Southwest DeKalb).

“Yeah, they’ve been telling me to come there with them,” the soft-spoken Brown said.

Soon we’ll all know what he’ll do.

62 comments Add your comment

Ken

July 24th, 2009
3:01 pm

Hope you come to the bulldawg nation young man but best of luck to you regardless.

Go Dawgs

Stephen D

July 24th, 2009
3:16 pm

How can he not come to UGA with the O-line they’ll have this year and next?

Mark

July 24th, 2009
3:22 pm

How can you assume that the UGA O-line is better than the UF O-Line.? That is a pretty serious leap of faith…..

Voice of Reason

July 24th, 2009
3:44 pm

because the UF O-line has been playing virtually exclusively in a spread for the last 2 years. He is a running back and should therefore want a line that is used to blocking for one. Yet, Stephen D, I don’t think he cares how good the O-line for UGA will be this year since he will be playing behind a high school O-line

BeachGaBulldog

July 24th, 2009
3:57 pm

Well, Mack is really going to find out this weekend what the word CLASSLESS really means. Yep, thats right, the University of Felons, where playing for coach Crier gets you a chance to play, even if you have been charged with assault and battery. He can find out how UF scored the lowest in the SEC on test scores, and we scored the highest. Percy Harvin could play football, but he damn sure couldn’t spell it.
Oh yeah, the trophy, COMMON SENSE says, belongs to the Utah Utes, because they won ALL of their games.
One more thing…what if Teblowjob tries to “save” Mack this weekend and sprinkle him with toilet water. F*** off Gaylosers!

Matt

July 24th, 2009
4:01 pm

Would love to see you in the red and black Mack. Join your fellow Georgians and help bring a National Championship back to your home state!

Chuck Uga

July 24th, 2009
4:02 pm

Good point reagarding Utah. If Brigham Young received the title in 1984 as the only undefeated team, than Utah should have received the title last year. College football is so hypocritical. Until there is a real playoff, it’s a bunch of BS. Florida still has never had a 12-0 season, and it won’t be in 2009 either.

jonboy

July 24th, 2009
4:04 pm

forget florida and georgia u need to come back up bryce brown and david oku …we have plenty of room on the bench for you! can you throw a pass?

Dawgbacker!

July 24th, 2009
4:09 pm

BeachGaBulldog- You sound a bit bitter! Might want to keep your thoughts to yourself you make Dawg fans look like idiots.

jonboy

July 24th, 2009
4:12 pm

we need a bunch of help u think ur whole team would want to come play for us at ut

jonboy

July 24th, 2009
4:13 pm

plus bryce brown is gonna go pro half way thru the season so we need a backup

MoDawg

July 24th, 2009
4:21 pm

BeachGaBulldog ….hate much?!?!?

Old Dawg 55

July 24th, 2009
4:34 pm

I think Brown and his HS coaches have discussed where his talents will best fit in and I’m sure he’ll feel more at home at Georgia with known teammates. It’s no necessary to bad mouth Tebow/Meyer/UFlorida to praise the Dawgs. Basic analysis will show where the best coaching/facilities/talen lies and that’s at Georgia. We cannot bad mouth the Gators until we show we can beat them on the field and your comments from behind the computer won’t help in that regard…only show what “classless” really means! GO DAWGS IN 09!!!!

Mark

July 24th, 2009
4:40 pm

Does UT have any moeny left in the coffers and paying Bryce and his “advisor”?

Mark

July 24th, 2009
4:43 pm

Old Dawg – if the best coaching and talent is in Athens, what has happened in the games? Lack of coaching or lack of talent? Weren’t you picked #1 last pre-season – best Ga team in years – first round draft picks, etc.

Spurrier said it best – “Gerogia signs all these great players – something must happen to them once they get there”

braveswin

July 24th, 2009
4:47 pm

Can’t see where the young man can go wrong with either school. Ga consistently places running backs in the NFL and as much as I don’t like saying it, Fla is as good of a program as there is in the country.(as is Ga) Hope he chooses UGA but he should go where he feels the most comfortable. If he is as good as advertised he will be a benefit to either program

Herman Archie

July 24th, 2009
4:52 pm

Spurrier signs pre-season All-SEC teams that he doesn’t check over first…

jonboy

July 24th, 2009
4:58 pm

Enter your comments here

Mark

July 24th, 2009
5:00 pm

Something must happen to those great players that go to UGA, they have only won 10 games 7 out of the last 8 years at UGA.

Reggie

July 24th, 2009
5:04 pm

To: BeachGABulldog,

Get a life!! You represent the Dawg nation well?

JaxGator

July 24th, 2009
5:08 pm

bigkuntry86

July 24th, 2009
5:26 pm

in reference to BeachGADawg Florida and Tech fans talk just as much crap about GA on here and even worse than he did. However what this blog is about. Mack wish you the best in your decision. Florida doesn’t really use it’s backs like a real running back like UGA does. We had both first QB and first Running back picked in the drafts this past season as we all know. UGA puts a lot of talent into the NFL and we need all the help we can to Bring that ship back to Athens where it belongs. Either way you pick I’ll see you in Jacksonville!!!!! Go DAwgs!

Brown = DAWG

July 24th, 2009
5:39 pm

He’s already committed to UGA just not publicly. All he wants to do is make his visits and then he will be a DAWG, Richt already knows his commitment. Its a done deal!!

Colonial Dawg

July 24th, 2009
5:59 pm

Damn! BeachGaBulldog…..I can only hope you are an undercover Gator fan trying to make US look bad. Either way “chill” it’ll all work out.

DAWGPOUND

July 24th, 2009
6:07 pm

someone said on here that victor hampton got kicked off his HS team, any truth to that?

Big Dawg

July 24th, 2009
6:09 pm

Good fortune Mr. Brown whichever way you decide, both are fine institutions of higher learning. As several others pointed out, Georgia does utilize their running backs more than Florida. But what my good friend Charley Strong tells me that will be changing this up coming season as Tebow has been ordered by his doctors and the coaches not to run unless absolutely necessary. Also as regards Florida’s and Georgia’s O-line. Georgia has the better top 5- 10 players overall but it is very close as both teams are very talented and have depth.

Yes Sir!

July 24th, 2009
6:16 pm

DAWGPOUND- that was the word coming out of Gainsville but I think it was just speculation. I don’t believe that Meyer will do that, I mean this is like the third time that Doe has had an issue with the law and Meyer is only suspending him for a couple weeks or so. Any other coach would have kicked Doe off the team but since he is a starter there is no way Meyer will do that.

pack of smokes

July 24th, 2009
6:24 pm

I thought he coached out they’re in TEXAS?

DaddyDawg

July 24th, 2009
6:25 pm

Mack:

We’d be damn proud to have you at Georgia, where running backs are featured in the offense, and Georgia has a history of running backs taken in the first round of the NFL draft (Hearst, Edwards, Moreno, and Herschel Walker would have been had he gone to the NFL first). Play for the Dawgs and continue the tradition of great running backs at the flagship university in your home state. You’ll be a damn fine Dawg wearing Red and Black runnin’ ‘tween the Hedges!! Come home!!

ChuyDAWG

July 24th, 2009
6:36 pm

Nothing against UF, but why would a premier back want to go to a UF spread offense. Sounds to me like when Garisson had UF as a finalist and ended up at UGA. He sounds like all UGA to me, otherwise he would have another school as his finalist that could potentialy play him more effectively. I still think about the comment that Kendrick Malcom made a couple weeks ago about not being the only RB commitment at UGA. Good luck to UF, but GO DAWGS

TampaGator

July 24th, 2009
7:13 pm

Yes Sir…Meyer has indeed kicked Doe off the team. It happened two weeks ago. He will not be reporting to the team when fall practice starts. That is official. Doe was demoted in the middle of last year and did not play much again until the last game of the year and during the SEC championship game because of the license and driving thing. If you think Dustin Doe is a bad kid or a felon of some kind, you are badly mistaken. He is actually a really person who has made some really bad choices about driving a car without a license. His choices first got him suspended for a couple of games, then demoted when he came back to 3rd team from 1st team, and now kicked off the team. Meyer has not indicated one way or the other if Doe will be given a chance to come back on the team. If he does, I would not expect to see him play except on special teams. I hope he pays his fines, volunteers for community service, and then comes back and finishes his Senior season on a positive note. He is a good kid and deserves that, I think. He certainly is no Jamar Hornsby. But I am sure a lot of Georgia fans are going to try to make out like he is an ax murderer or something.

NewnanDawg

July 24th, 2009
7:17 pm

Tampa – any word on if they are going to withdraw Hampton’s offer? – his situation does not seem like minor issues.

Hope we get Brown – Go Dawgs!

NewnanDawg

July 24th, 2009
7:19 pm

Dawgpound – I tried to post earlier, but don’t see it – yes, Hampton is off the team at Charlotte Independence. He says he will transfer to another HS so he can play HS ball this season.

TampaGator

July 24th, 2009
7:21 pm

I think Brown will be a bulldog…too many ties to Georgia. I hope I am wrong. This weekend could have a big influence on his decision. But I think Georgia will win out for this guy.

TampaGator

July 24th, 2009
7:29 pm

NewmanDawg…the rumor is his offer has been withdrawn. But nothing official. I have not heard why he was kicked off his HS team. I just know he was and has moved to South Carolina somewhere to play for a HS team there. Who knows, it could have been a personality issue. But he has been arrested for a minor offense in the past. I would think that with the recent bad pub for both Florida and Georgia, the coaches at those schools would probaly want to stay clear of this type of situation just because of the publicity. But I am sure Houston Nutt and L. Kiffin are waiting for Florida to withdraw the offer so they can offer him immediately. Nutt signed Jamar Hornsby (can you believe that) and Kiffin signed a kid who flunked out of Florida and had motivational issues and then raved about the commitment in the press. So, I am sure they would not have any problems offering Hampton if Florida has withdrawn the offer.

yellow fuzz

July 24th, 2009
7:39 pm

Mack,

Are you stupid? If so, go to Georgia. If not, consider the 3 teams that own them (Florida, Alabama and Tech).

dougmo

July 24th, 2009
7:44 pm

BeachGaDawg – Wrong! The thing he is going to learn is how a defending champion looks.I think that is something he will NEVER leearn at UGAg.

Alfred Neuman IV,Summa Cum Laude,UGA'90

July 24th, 2009
8:05 pm

Please come to ga & join a long list of highly touted RBs who never pan out.

Dawg Man

July 24th, 2009
8:54 pm

He’ll end up at UGA—with all the superstars that Richt is signing in this class, all the top players want to be part of it. Florida’s talent can’t last and starting in 2010, Ga will be beating them with regularity. Brantley is nowhere close to Tebow and florida will lose spikes and a lot of other talent on D. Plus, Notre Dame will be coming after meyer hard and he may leave for the right money and package.

Jesus Juice

July 24th, 2009
9:08 pm

Yellow Putz- I will give you FL but Bama and Tech? Come on cheese dick you won one game in 7 years.

Mark

July 24th, 2009
9:40 pm

Dawg Man (aka bonehead) – check your history books – Brantley broke all of Tebow’s HS passing records in Florida and was the Gatorade National Player ofhte year when he came out of HS. Is your memory that short or are you that deluded?

GATA

July 24th, 2009
10:23 pm

Yellow Fuzz, is that what has finally started growing down there?? Your mother and all your D & D nerdlets must be so proud. Were you the first of the group to get some?? Not since the dawn of talking motion pictures has Yech been able to label themselves as owners of UGA. Since you just got some yellow fuzz down there you obviously were not around then. Your great grandfather must of told all about the good ole days of Yech lore.

pj

July 24th, 2009
10:29 pm

The kid is either 17 or 18 years old. Whoever he picks, we should all wish that he takes advantage of a scholarship at a major University and gets a good education/experience. Not everyone gets that chance.

I hope he picks UGA, because we seem to be committed to the running game, have depth and quality on the O-line for the next 3 or 4 years and turn out NFL caliber running backs historically. If he chooses somebody else, I hope it’s not because he realizes some of you “Georgia fans” are redneck a holes. Seriously, if you’re a REAL Georgia fan, you’ll root for the guy to come to Athens and if he goes somewhere else, then be happy for the kid regardless.

I enjoy reading the blogs about recruiting, but I can’t stand the immaturity of some of my fellow Dawgs. Take the high road – ESPECIALLY if some nerdy Tech dude pushes your buttons. And last thing – I think UF has the right to talk some trash to us as long as its not disrespectful. Let’s hope we get back on track and upset the Gators this year!

Irish # 1 in 2012

July 24th, 2009
10:31 pm

Word is Notre Dame is coming hard after Meyer. They will not be denied!! Meyer has never said he will stay at Fla. when Notre Dame is his dream job. Nuff said, he won’t be there long!

Mark

July 24th, 2009
10:40 pm

Irish, Meyer had every opportunity to go to ND last time around. Now ND is an ever worse job and UF is an even better job. You are clearly delusional and living in the (long ago) past.

GatorJacket

July 24th, 2009
11:24 pm

Brown=Gator

July 24th, 2009
11:27 pm

According to gatorsports.com, Brown committed to UF. HES A GATOR

Saint Simons lives in his mothers basement

July 24th, 2009
11:36 pm

Nothing like a bunch of grown men getting off on 17 and 18 year old school boys. Do all of you think about these recruits when your behind the barn with your sheep???

Joe

July 24th, 2009
11:47 pm

LOL! So much for Mack Brown’s comment that he wasn’t afraid to compete after Malcom committed to UGA. It looks like he doesn’t want to compete after all, with UGA’s loaded running back stable.

Joe

July 24th, 2009
11:48 pm

“Nothing like a bunch of grown men getting off on 17 and 18 year old school boys. Do all of you think about these recruits when your behind the barn with your sheep???”

Your username says it all. Who else would waste the time to make a comment, if he didn’t care about football recruiting.