Mack Brown confirms commitment to Florida while on visit

The answer came in two tiny words on a text message.

“Yes sir,” Mack Brown wrote.

His response was to the question, “Did you commit to Florida tonight?”

And indeed he did. That was the word from Brown, generally considered the top running back in the state, just a few minutes before midnight Friday. I got the exact same reply a few minutes earlier from his coach at Martin Luther King High, Corey Jarvis.

The amazing part is I had gotten a totally different indication about 10 hours earlier. Speaking by cell phone just a short while before going onto Florida’s campus to take part in the Gators’ “Friday Night Lights” camp and recruiting activities, I asked Brown if he planned to commit that night or was he going to come back to Atlanta and mull the decision between them and Georgia. As at least a few of you read here, he plainly stated, “Nah, I’m just going to take everything in.”

So whether that was Brown’s plan all along or he was simply overwhelmed by what was surely an impressive reception, I don’t know. Neither he nor his coach called back or responded to additional text messages after those initial confirmations. I assume they were probably celebrating, and who could blame them? It was a great day for Brown and his family.

Here’s what we do know. The defending national champion Gators, who have watched as Georgia came in and plucked away one blue chipper after another out of their fair state, gave the Dogs a taste of their own medicine. In Brown, Florida got the running back Georgia most coveted for this year’s class.

Now let the conspiracy theories begin. Brown missed last weekend’s “Dawg Night” in Athens because he said his father couldn’t get off work to attend. Dad was able to make it down to Gainesville Friday night, however. Think the Gators were the plan all along?

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TampaGator

July 25th, 2009
12:27 am

I must say I am surprised, but not shocked. Friday Night Lights is an impressive event as the best stadium in America has thousands of fans in the seat, the lights are turned off the the NC trophies are spotlighted in the middle of the field, and the Gators put on a great show. I think, even though Georgia was a strong pull because of his friends there and Georgia went after him hard, the Gators offense really excited this kid. I think he knows he can really excell in the offense and has a chance to play for championships. You can’t ask for much more than that. Also, it was time for a little pay back by the Gators for the Dawgs messin’ with Florida recruits. This one might silence so yelling on the blogs about Florida being of the past. Dawg fans and SEC fans, I think there will be a lot more blue chippers announcing for Florida soon. Keep tuned. The Gators rock and the Gator Nation is rock and rollin’. Go Gators. Oh…and let the Mack Brown bashing begin from the Georgia loyalty.

Jondeal

July 25th, 2009
12:29 am

Move to Florida and be with your brothers.

Jondeal

July 25th, 2009
12:35 am

Move to florida and don’t return to Georgia, Stay down there! We don”t want you back!

Jim morrison

July 25th, 2009
12:35 am

Funny that The GATORS will continue to own GA!

Enough Said!

TampaGator

July 25th, 2009
12:36 am

It looks like Jeff Luc might be next for the Gators. When asked if he was going to commit this weekend, Luc would not say yes. But he did say this: “The Gators have nothing to worry about.” Does that mean he is going to commit, or does it mean the Gators have nothing to worry about at middle linebacker. I think it means he is going to be a Gator.

BuddyColtrane

July 25th, 2009
12:37 am

TampaGator. I get what you’re saying, but as a dawg fan, I am just happy to see that these young men are getting a chance to live out their dreams. While I am disappointed to not get Brown(plus the fact that he’s a Gator, YUCK!!!) I will be the first to congratulate the Gators on a great addition. Good luck Mack (except in J-ville).

As for mine fellow dawg fans, no need to cry over spilled milk, we can’t get em all.

BuddyColtrane

July 25th, 2009
12:38 am

my fellow dawg fans, for those that get all bent over spelling.

TampaGator

July 25th, 2009
12:38 am

Hey, Jondeal, isn’t that what Brown says he is going to do…move to Florida. You might not want him anymore after saying all week he would be the cream on the cake so to speak. But the Gators are sure glad to have him as a future resident of Hogtown, USA…better known as Winnersville, USA.

Mack Brown = JOKE

July 25th, 2009
12:39 am

I’m as confused as the next guy. Are we seeing Brown’s true personality shining through now? How does he tell a local reporter in an afternoon conversation that he will NOT be committing to Florida, and then turn right around and commit ten hours later? And his father could not make it to “Dawg Night” last weekend. Was the offer for Mack, or his father? True, i would have liked to have seen him in red and black for the next few years, but with this as a glaring example of his honesty, character, and loyalty…i am actually quite glad he is going elsewhere. (Note : I’m sure Richt and staff feel slighted now, and would agree we don’t want someone of his character…or lack thereof…on our campus.
This is plain wrong. I don’t care if we are talking of 17/18 year olds. I had enough character at that age to do the right thing and not pull the wool over everyone else’s eyes. He’s laughing at U.G.A. right now, but i have a feeling we will get the last laugh. Or at least i hope we do so as to teach him a valuable lesson in life. Mack Brown = JOKE. Sorry Dawgs for the betrayal. Keep our heads held high, this only means great karma is coming our way by way of another commitment in someone else who has character. “F” Mack, you toolbag!

Pecan

July 25th, 2009
12:40 am

OK, so Florida got one. The series between Georgia and Florida will change again so that Georgia will win 50% of the games starting in 2010, when Meyer and Tebow are gone. My wife went to Florida and I went to Georgia, and since the late 80’s I have hated the Gators even more than before.

TampaGator

July 25th, 2009
12:42 am

BuddyColtraine, your Dawgs are just fine at running back. If fact, you are loaded with top running backs and your running game will be a dominate factor of your offense this year. I hope you guys pound the Cowboys and come to Jacksonville undefeated. We will all have some fun then.

Steve

July 25th, 2009
12:47 am

As a UGA fan, have to say this was the best move for Brown. Samuels and King are only So.’s, Thomas and Jackson are Fr.and Ealey is coming in this year – with 5 quality TB’s ahead of you, all either Fr or So.’s – obvious Brown wouldn’t be playing much for a couple of years – unless the injury bug hit of course. Good decision for Brown, bad for UGA.

Gridiron Gator

July 25th, 2009
12:47 am

Mack Brown is the man! And why would ANYONE be surprised at this commitment?? FOLKS, HE JUST COMMITTED TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! IT DOESN’T GET BETTER THAN THAT!!! Now… I have 2 questions for you Mack Brown…1) Are you ready to do what it takes to be a champion? 2) What is your ring size?

Larry

July 25th, 2009
12:47 am

As a running back at Georgia, as so many before him, he has a chance to be a 1st rounder one day; at Florida, he’s no better than 2nd or 3rd. So, if he’s that dumb, glad the lizards have him.

Now, who are the best running backs left in the state with more than a double digit IQ?

D.Ellis

July 25th, 2009
12:54 am

Congrats to the Gators on nabbing this kid. The Dawgs wanted him real bad but he wanted to be a Gator. This DAWG fan would have liked to seen him playing in Red and Black but we have a great stable as is. Getting Brown would have been great but we already have a great stable of capapble RB’s to run the ball. UGA has been on a great recruiting path the last few weeks and over the next 3-5 days we wil lsee ther Gators take their turn. Also I don’t expect Luc to sign with UGA myself. In his TV interview he couldn’t even remember the names of those players he had met….which was C. Thomas and R. Jones. Showed some disintrest to me. Congrats to Brown and Congrats to the Gators on this big pick up.

-Alot of great athletes out there left to commit let’s go get us 3 more!

GO DAWGS!

BKbroila

July 25th, 2009
12:56 am

Wow, what a disappointment…but you only want a guy who Truly wants to be part of your system…goood luck, Mack, but we would have loved to have had you!

Andre

July 25th, 2009
12:57 am

It’ll be a good game between Douglass and MLK this year to see Garrison Smith go head to head with Mack Brown.

ReptilesRule

July 25th, 2009
12:57 am

This young man was a TOP priority for the Gators. It’s not often that you see the best coach in America, Urban Meyer, personally take on the recruitment of a player. But thats what he thinks of the ability, talent and character of one Mack Brown. Welcome to the Gator Nation and welcome to the beginning of the best years of your life Mack…

Jondeal

July 25th, 2009
12:57 am

Mack committed because the run and shoot is a better fit for him and he realized that the pro set offense that Georgia runs is too complicated for him to grasp and florida is a better fit. I wish him the best in Florida.

Saint Simons

July 25th, 2009
12:57 am

45-42 hahahaha Our team got a ring kast year for the Ga upset. Brucie where are you? Don-t you be cheating on me

K

July 25th, 2009
12:59 am

Mack is a great kid. Very respectful, humble, and treats everyone right. All of you guys writing negative hate filled remarks should be ashamed. This young man’s decisions is his to make for whatever reasons he chooses. Get a life and get over it!!!!!!!!!!

huston1

July 25th, 2009
1:00 am

mack,
what is your legacy? u r not a spread back…they are selling u on brantley being a pro style qb and how things will be different for you when brantley becomes the qb. dude, you will maybe get 10 touches a game if you r lucky. get over the sales pitch and think about the reality of the situation. if you sign w/fla. you will finish your career at troy state. when is the last time they have had a true tailback that has been a focus for their offense. ok, maybe never??? moody? when meyer has u commited and realizes u can’t back out, pay attention to his body language and understand what u r signing up for today will be much different than the feeling of what u feel when he has YOU in the program.

dawgpride

July 25th, 2009
1:02 am

nice job texting a kid when he is on florida campus

The Insider

July 25th, 2009
1:03 am

Mack Brown was at the top of the board. The UF coaching staff have got to be VERY excited to have him onboard. He will flourish in this offense. I can only remember Urban Meyer getting that directly involved in the recruitment of a player and that guys name I believe was Tim Tebow.

TampaGator

July 25th, 2009
1:05 am

The Gator coaches and John Brantley told Brown they would be running a lot of I-formation when Brantley takes over after Tebow. That helped convince Brown to be a Gator. So, the kid just changed his mind after being impressed and being recruited so hard personally by Meyer. He believed one thing going in and then simply changed his mind and became a Gator. That does not say anything bad about his character or his honesty, no matter what some of you “sour grapes” have to say about the kid. LARRY…you blog makes you sound like a very bitter, angry person in the way you trashed this kid. Better take a cool down pill before you kick your bulldog. Also been reading information coming out of the event. Things appear to be really picking up for the Gators. A lot of big time recruits are saying some really nice things about the Gators and Meyer (what a great person he is and how he is more interested in them than just football players). Say what you will about Meyer, but the guy has a relaxed way about him that connects with recruits and his players.

PMC

July 25th, 2009
1:06 am

wow, for the first time in Meyer’s tenure they’ve got a running back than can run inside. I think Mack Brown is going to be outstanding.

Susan

July 25th, 2009
1:06 am

When a teenage boy makes conflicting statements like this, it just shows he’s still conflicted about what he wants to do. “Friday Night Lights” is THE BIG DEAL for UF recruiting. They have ton of people there. The adreneline starts pumping. The coaches put on the hard sell. Tim Tebow puts his arm around the guy’s shoulder and preaches the UF gospel and kids want to be a part of it. I wouldn’t put too much stock in this right now. Give him a couple of months back in Georgia and being around his friends and family in Atlanta. Let him get his head clear and make a level-headed decision about what he wants to do. If it’s still UF, congrats to him and good luck in the future. Remeber he still going to make all his visits and neither Uf or UGA may be his final choice.

PMC

July 25th, 2009
1:07 am

I think he compares fairly favorably with GA Tech’s Jonathan Dwyer. You know you’re watching one of the better players in the state when you see him run.

Gator Growl

July 25th, 2009
1:10 am

Great News for Gator Nation and for Mack. Urban went after this young man hard which instills me with confidence about him. Coach Meyer has a great eye for talent and an even better ability at developing it.

GatorGloryDays

July 25th, 2009
1:16 am

Susan you can say that about any recruit that has committed so far. Committed is not a signed letter of intent. Maybe a few of the Florida recuits that committed to Georgia will soon see the error of their ways too and return to the land of the Gator. But Brown will stay a Gator count on it.

huston1

July 25th, 2009
1:23 am

tampa gator,
dude, you are projecting what might happen with brantley. Mack Brown is a great running back and I congratulate you on the commitment but he got a sales job from the likes of selling ice to the eskimo’s. Ii understand that Brantley is great in the spring game wearing a green jersey but why would you commit to something that has never happened…uf aint no tailback u! and Brantley is the savior?

BarkingBulldawg

July 25th, 2009
1:24 am

“Coach Meyer has a great eye for talent and an even better ability at developing it”

Surely better than your ability “at” grammar. Though, that’s not saying too much.

kauai dawg

July 25th, 2009
1:25 am

I am a huge DAWGS fan but I have to congratulate Mr. Brown. We would have loved to see you in red and black between the heges, but we do wish you well every Saturday other than in Jacksonville! Go DAWGS!

FL Dawg

July 25th, 2009
1:27 am

UGA would have liked to had Brown, but he has other plans. It probably is a better move for him personally considering the RB situations at the two schools. UGA has many young RBs that will have experience that he would not have. Best of luck to him…except of course in J’ville. A very fine pick up for the Gators.

saint simons

July 25th, 2009
1:27 am

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahahahahaha

Joe

July 25th, 2009
1:30 am

“as the best stadium in America”

ROTFLMAO! What a delusional fool. Florida Field is a frickin’ cess pool. It wouldn’t make the top 20 best stadium in America. What an idiot. Please don’t have any children. The world is already filled with too much stupidity. And PHUCK the gayturds.

god and greyhound

July 25th, 2009
1:32 am

Dont worry mutts. you still got the “top four” prospects in the state according to uga lapboy c towers. should be enough to squeak by sc vandy and uk in your oh so tough division

Gator Growl

July 25th, 2009
1:38 am

Sorry BarkingDawg, my bad. My grammar may not have been perfect but my message was…

JustCallMeChamp

July 25th, 2009
1:44 am

MACK BROWN. HE WILL SHINE IN THE SWAMP!!! JUST LIKE THOSE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHYS! WE LOVE OUR GEORGIA PLAYERS LIKE J. CUNNINGHAM AND LAWRENCE PLUS LOOK OUT FOR JUSTIN WILLIAMS AND OMAR THIS YEAR! THEY’RE ALL SPORTIN’ RINGS!!

Lord of The Lizards

July 25th, 2009
1:49 am

Mack Brown come on down! We are very excited to have you in G’Ville! You’re gonna love it here!

Gator Nation

July 25th, 2009
1:59 am

Heard that there might have been a couple of other major commitments. Chaz Green, Jeff Luc?? Can anybody confirm???

Beware of the junkyard dawg

July 25th, 2009
2:12 am

Mack, what are u thinking man. The gators never put rbs high in the NFL other than emmitt. U will now b a third or fourth round pick if u are drafted at all..come to athens & be a top draft pick. $$$$$$$$!!! Ask k-shon…oh yeah and also ask emanuel moody. He went from USC’s bench directly to the gator’s pine. At the end of the day it’s all about the roosevelts baby!!! I’m sure u will make the correct decision come signing day.

Late

Cuz

July 25th, 2009
2:45 am

I would have loved to have him in Athens but he needs to go where he feels is the best fit. If he thinks it is Gainesville then so be it and good luck except in JAX. I hope he takes advantage of this oppurtunity and gets that degree. All players are one hit away from falling back on it. Congrats Gators on the recruit.

Wow

July 25th, 2009
3:10 am

So you guys are questioning his character about not saying upfront he was going to commit? That’s none of our fricking business what his intentions are. UGA fans saying “well I’m glad he’s gone if this is the type of person he is” are retarded. Just because we as fans have become obsessed with recruiting doesn’t mean these guys owe us any information before signing day. THe fact that he’s committing relatively early rather than having this drag out until February automatically voids your comentaries on his personality.

Bamafan

July 25th, 2009
3:14 am

I was thinking that Mack was going to be a dawg next season, but good luck with the gators and get
your degree!! Can’t get all of the 4 star or 5 stars players in Georgia and Florida!! Urban Meyer is the
best recruiter and big game coach going in the college ranks these days!!

TW

July 25th, 2009
3:15 am

This is a non-issue for the Dawgs. We got backs. Take the top OL over the top RB any day.

That said, hats off TO the Gators. They set the bar right now, and moves like this just show that if the Dawgs want to be the man, THEN THEY GOT TO GET A FREAKING DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tony

July 25th, 2009
4:01 am

I’m not supprise at all! That kid knows that clueless Mark Richt is a joke and Urban Meyer is the real deal. There’s a huge different between the 2 coaches, Meyer win championships because he’s not afraid to put the right players on the football field whereas clueless Richt doesn’t because he put the wrong players on the football field. Meyer played Tim Teabow alot during his freshman year even when Chris Leak was the starting qb. Clueless Richt red shirted DJ Shockley and Knowshon Moreno when both of those guys should have been the starter from day one. had clueless Mark Richt gotten another defensive coordinator after we lost to West Virginia in the Sugar Bowl, I believe Eric Berry would have sign with the dawgs.

I read somewhere that clueless Mark Richt might red shirt Aaron Murray. MAN, ARE YOU KIDDING ME! Aaron Murray is the best qb on that football team! I’m sorry folks but we need another coach because Richt will never win a championship as long as Sabans and Meyers are in the SEC.

I can’t believe we already have 10 (3 star recruits) and most of them are from the state of Florida. ARE U KIDDIN ME! Are we now getting Florida’s leftovers? Those are the kind of recruits Ole Miss gets. Well, at least Ole Miss knows how to get the best out of their 2 and 3 star recruits whereas Mark Richt can’t even win championships with 5 and 4 star recruits. Maybe we should hire Ole Miss head coach.

I know one thing, if Aaron Murray isn’t the starting qb, our season is doom!

UGASlobberknocker

July 25th, 2009
4:18 am

I hope the kid has a great career except for one game a yr.

Brock D

July 25th, 2009
5:13 am

Tony, go back to bed.

DD

July 25th, 2009
6:43 am

TECH HAS UGLY WOMEN