Mack Brown: Florida commitment ‘came out of nowhere’

Good Monday morning to everybody. Hope you all had a great weekend. I certainly did, even if I did have to eat some crow early on.

You may have noticed that about 10 hours after MLK running back Mack Brown told me he had no plans to commit to Florida while attending their elite “Friday Night Lights” camp this past Friday, I had to write that he had indeed committed to the Gators. I found out about the time I was going to bed Friday when I decided to take one last gander at the Internet and see if there was any news. Sure enough, there it was on gatorsports.com. A couple of text messages later I had the news confirmed myself and got something online about midnight.

“Welcome to the world of recruiting, Chip,” you might say. “Having fun yet?”

Actually I am. I’ve been doing this gig one week as of today and so far I’ve seen Rivals.com accidently release a video of Garrison Smith committing to Georgia two days before his official announcement; talked to a coach that banned the state university from recruiting his players and now had a 17-year-old kid tell me he had no plans to commit only to commit a few hours later. And this is all in late JULY! I can’t imagine what late January is going to be like.

In any case, I felt a little better when I got to have a conversation with Brown Sunday night. He told me he had absolutely no intention of committing to Florida Friday night. It just happened.

“It came out of nowhere,” Brown insisted. “There were no plans or nothing like that.”

I don’t know if I believe him or not. I didn’t see it myself at the time but I was told Chad Simmons of Scout.com had a video up of Brown committing to Florida on the pay site georgia.scout.com literally minutes after Brown gave the news to Florida coaches Urban Meyer, Steve Addazio and Kenny Carter. Brown said he told them at about 10:25 p.m. Friday. But like Smith’s situation, Brown confirmed that Simmons also made a video of Brown committing to the Bulldogs. So there you go.

And Simmons might want to hang on to that UGA tape a little longer, too. A report on the pay site uga.rivals.com over the weekend has Brown quoted as saying, “nothing is final until you sign across the dotted line. Georgia is still up there on the top.”

Brown didn’t say anything like that to me, however. In fact, he sounded like a pretty solid commitment in my book. “I’m committed right now,” he said of Florida. “That’s my school.”

Here’s a few other tidbits I gleaned from Brown:

  • He said the biggest thing that clinched Florida for him was sitting down for a film session with Meyer and Addazio. “They were breaking down the film and showing me how they were going to use me next year. They’re going to use more pro-style and I-formation style and find different ways to get me the ball. When you play for them they put the ball in their playmakers’ hands.”
  • Another important factor Brown said was the Florida fans. “I talked to a lot of them while we were there and they were all telling me they wanted me to come,” he said. “They’ve got some of the best fans.”
  • Brown and his father, Mack Brown Sr., and MLK coach Corey Jarvis didn’t hang around Gainesville long to celebrate. “We were back home [in Atlanta] about 5 a.m. Saturday,” he said. “We drove on back. Every time we’ve been down there we’ve never stayed.”

Well, that’s that. We’ll move on to some other prospects and see what they have in store for us. I’ve got some sources telling me there might be some more commitment news coming from some high-profile prospects in the coming days. Could be another crazy week!

89 comments Add your comment

Jimmy in Gainesville

July 27th, 2009
7:16 am

I don’t think it is over with Brown. Florida’s blitz and glitz probably overwhelmed him. His heart for Georgia may yet come through. Promises of playing as enticement and the pre-signing promises must always be carefully weighed. I’d love for us to have him … he’s the real deal. Urban Crier is a great persuader and uses every tool in the book. I’d never want my son to play for him. It’s win or nothing at Florida. Who wouldn’t want their son to play for CMR. CMR is one of the best ever. There’s more to winning than just winning… it’s how you win. Florida wins but underneath there’s a lot that comes down we don’t know about. It’s great to be a “gator hater”… go dawgs.

Bamafan

July 27th, 2009
7:33 am

It would be hard to turn down the gators when they have the best college football program in the country as we speak! Two crystal trophies says it all.

saint simons

July 27th, 2009
7:34 am

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

god and greyhound

July 27th, 2009
7:36 am

uog: preseason and recruiting champs. postseason chumps

Ali Akbar Allah

July 27th, 2009
8:00 am

Mack Brown was smart. If he chose Georgia he would go 0-4 against the Gators and Jackets.

Boss Hogg

July 27th, 2009
8:01 am

Let me save the UGA posters some time: We didn’t want him anyway. We got 3 prep All Americans already. He wouldn’t see any playing time.

SC Dawg

July 27th, 2009
8:32 am

No school ever signs all of the prospects that it wants, not even Florida. Even without Mack, Georgia has another good class coming in.

[...] to SEC schools during the weekend. Star running back Mack Brown said his commitment to Florida “came out of nowhere” during the Friday Night Lights camp in Gainesville. Defensive back Cadarious Sanders committed to [...]

GTDog

July 27th, 2009
8:48 am

Okay…so far, so good. Let’s remember NOT to bash this poor kid. He’s allowed to change his mind and commit to another program. He’s still a good kid and a nice looking RB.

Doc

July 27th, 2009
9:06 am

Mack will have as many rceiving yards as rushing yards at Florida. This is what Urban used to convince Mack to attend Florida.

Tampa

July 27th, 2009
9:10 am

This is only July and all these commitments mean is that these student athletes “only think” they want to go somewhere to play college football. There will be tons of pressure on kids to change their minds and some will before signing on the dotted line in February. Plus, you will be reading a lot of misinformation about these schools. What is on recruiting sites is not necessarily whant these kids are thinking. I wish they would allow an early signing period so the pressure could be taken off the kids or do away with “commitments” until February. Commitments mean nothing other than a kids intent, and a kids intent could change big time before February. I am not speaking just of Brown, but of any recruit that “commits” in July. I am more interesting in what these kids do in early February. The recruiting process has just starting for Meyer with Brown. Now, he has to fight off Georgia until February and Richt has to fight off Florida and other SEC schools for his commits until then. The recruiting process for college football is almost becoming a circus and something needs to be done by the NCAA to stop it. Of course, Rivals, Scout, and all the other recruiting sites are to blame for this craziness which I, of course, read with interest because I love college football so much. At least I don’t pay those people to read their “inside” information. At least recruiting stories on the AJC are free. Some day they probably won’t be and I will stop reading their stories on recruiting, too. I am just looking forward to September when the football season starts and I can forget about recruiting until January. Same for the kids being recruited I would bet.

Bill E. Goat

July 27th, 2009
9:14 am

Jimmy, by every tool in the book you must mean “Come here and win a few of these” as Meyer shows Borwn his National Title ringS. Guess Mark RIcht could show him his Capital One Bowl ring in rebuttal.

Alabamadawg

July 27th, 2009
9:17 am

Well who are the top three or four prospects the dawgs really want now ???

gatorman770

July 27th, 2009
9:27 am

“Jimmy in Gainsville” is such a whiney douche…”Florida wins but underneath there’s a lot that comes down we don’t know about”, with statements that you removed all doubt that your a poor sport plus a moron. I’d love for my son to be coached by a man like Richt or Urban, BUT Richt would have to be coaching at THE University of Florida!

getthepicturenow

July 27th, 2009
9:34 am

i don’t know bama dawg, i would guess they’ll still pursue Jeffrey Whitaker from Warner Robbins, they’re giving Ace Sanders a look see at WR after the show he put on at DawgNight. Watch for Cody Riggs too, i think were still in good shape with him too. congrats to Mack, i would have loved to have him but wish him the best. and don’t give up on Telvin Smith either. this class will be another top 10 group. Go Dawgs!

Hunting Dawg

July 27th, 2009
9:35 am

Good luck to the kid. I hope it goes well for him down at UF. Let’s keep in mind that these are 17-18 year old kids who are making the first monumental decision in their lives. Some get it right and some get it wrong.

Go Dawgs!

BTW, St. Simons is a buffoon

Ken

July 27th, 2009
9:37 am

For some reason I feel that Mack Truck will change his mind. UGA is the place to be and that has to eat at him. He got caught up in the moment and I hope he realizes that. Gators have had a great run but it’s soon to end and the dawgs are on the upswing.

45-42 is a blessing in disguise. That was a painful loss (lesson) that was well learned.

2 loss season coming up, then on the way to several NC’s… BOOK IT

getthepicturenow

July 27th, 2009
9:37 am

bamaDawg, we’re still in on Cody Riggs, they’ll wait for Mike Thorton & big Whittaker, they’ll get one of those big guys. i think they’ll wait for Johnavon Fulton-(Dexter Morant’s teamate & solid CB prospect), and i think they will push hard for Shakim Phillips from NJ. had good luck up there and he’s a guy that has shown interest in UGA. i wish Mack luck, would’ve looked good in the red & black though. this class will be a top 10 group. great job by our staff. Go Dawgs!

Atlanta Gator

July 27th, 2009
9:38 am

Chip—-We’ve missed your UGA blog columns. I did not know that you were now writing the AJC College Recruiting blog, but now I will stop by more often. Glad to have you back.

Dawgsrule

July 27th, 2009
9:40 am

Look Georgia doesn’t need him we will be fine wilth Malcolm which is a far better running back and everyone knows it. Let him go down there with the Crier and sit the bench. It frees up a scholly for a better player.

Ringleader

July 27th, 2009
9:43 am

A lot of you guys do not realize Brown’s father is a long time Gator, having moved to Atlanta from Florida.

FLA

July 27th, 2009
9:43 am

Doesnt he know he doesnt stand much of a chance of playing next year? Or his he just legally retarded?

CHARLOTTE DAWG

July 27th, 2009
9:45 am

He also may have seen King, Samuel, C. Thomas, D. Jackson, and Ealey ahead of him. He might be better than all of them but there is no doubt he’d be the man at Florida much quicker.

We can’t get them all and it stinks for your enemy to pluke one from your own back yard. But we currently have many dawgs(and still getting) from Florida. Both of our stud DT’s are from Florida, Murray, Moore, C. Thomas, etc.

I also don’t think Mack has his mind completely made up and Bobo, etc should not break off all communication. And you know who else is not giving up on him? Paul Johnson at Tech. Tech would be a better fit for Brown than Florida. PJ uses all his backs and often. And there are no promises of “what we will do when you get here” type of thing.

Central Georgia Dawg

July 27th, 2009
9:46 am

I think UGA and CMR turn their attention to Eduardo Clements out of Miami or Cody Riggs. Sign one more DT, and a WR. With this class, no need to dwell on the one negative. This class is as good as it gets. The coaches have done a great job this year. Good luck to Brown, but we can’t dwell on ya. Time to move on. Can someone please get ST. Simons the scores to the 8 games before 45-42. Let’s not forget, ST. SIMONS YOU GUYS GOT PASTED 35-3 BY LSU. You are only as good as your last game.

Charles

July 27th, 2009
9:50 am

It amuses me how you guys throw Rivals under the bus for accidentally releasing a video of Smith committing, yet have no problem ripping off their information on a daily basis.

knoxdawg

July 27th, 2009
9:55 am

Chip: you alluded to some possible big time committments coming this week, any hints? Mr. Brown, we wish you the best of luck at the UF. I would have loved to seen you in the red and black but I guess now I will have to watch the red and black stop you. I really look forward to the upcoming years in college football. Gators, Dawgs, Tech, Bama, etc should all have strong teams which will mean great games. Gators are on top right now but that could change quickly. No one knows whats gonna happen. Players get hurt, balls get dropped, tackles not made and suddenly a team finds itself on the losing end. As a Dawg fan I am not ready to concede the East to the Gators or anyone else for that matter. I believe it will be a great year for the Dawgs and another great year for SEC football.

Red and Black Attack

July 27th, 2009
9:59 am

We don’t want Brown to come to Athens now. Once you leave us for Fla, you mine as well stay there. We only want true DAWGS!!! Go Dawgs!!!

texigator

July 27th, 2009
10:08 am

Gator Nation is EXCITED about Mack Brown! He is the first #1 RB target that Coach Meyer has landed at Florida. Imagine that-he’s won TWO National Championships WITHOUT the feature back he has wanted for his offense.

UGA is, what, 0 for 100 against the Gators? Or have they lost SIXTEEN out of the last NINETEEN games played since 1990? Alot of Poodle fans don’t realize that you have to go back to the 1930’s before you find a time period where Georgia leads the overall series. Florida has the lead since 1936. Georgia leads from inception. But, we’ve enjoyed being Top Gator for the last SEVENTY THREE YEARS and it’s getting worse, not better for you guys.

So, with Florida having the undisputed top program in college football, along with the best coaches and a great location, it is easy to see why Mack Brown was smart enough to figure out that his brightest future was with the Gators.

It is time to begin preparing for your Annual Gator Beatdown. If you think that last year’s 49-10 was a one-time event, then you don’t know Urban Meyer very well. He will make Steve Spurrier look merciful by comparison.

Go Gators!

austindog

July 27th, 2009
10:16 am

Washaun Ealey

Bill E. Goat

July 27th, 2009
10:17 am

Ken,

How is UF’s run about to end and UGA is on an upswing? UF has recruited better than UGA the past 4 classes cumulatively and UF has a better coach. What other reasoning could there be outside of talent and coaching?

Some of you let homerism blind your logic…

Buddy El

July 27th, 2009
10:21 am

Sorry Bamafan. Only one crystal trophy. Orson Charles broke the 2006 version. Go dawgs and go Orson.

Gator Growl

July 27th, 2009
10:40 am

I’m sure that Mack will get a lot of pressure from the hometown folks over the next few months to change his mind but the bottom line is he made a great decision. If you look at the rosters you can clearly see see that UGA is pretty well set at that position for the forseeable future. Plus John Brantley is not the runner or physical presence that Tebow is and he won’t be running the ball nearly as much. Also, Urban has been looking for that one back that can carry the load but can also be much more active in the passing game out of the backfield. Mack seems to be the guy that Urban feels like he can build his future offense around. And oh, by the way, Florida also wins championships.

UGApride

July 27th, 2009
10:46 am

The article said they got home from UF at 5 a.m. Mack should consider that whenhe does finally sign. His parents will have to travel all those miles and long hours in their car the next several years to watch him play. When they could have a short trip from the ATL to Sanford Stadium on Saturdays. Think about it Mack your parents will have to drive Allllllllllllllll the way down there and then Alllllllllllllllll the way back. If you went to UGA you could drive home yourself in just a few and eat some of mama’s home cooking whenever you wanted during the off season. Couldn’t do that if you went down to Gainesville.

Gator Growl

July 27th, 2009
10:49 am

BTW, a running back is only as good as his offensive line. Florida had one of it’s best O line recruiting classes last year picking up 5 top O lineman and these guys, along with the depth that UF has already built over the last few years, will be good to go in 2010. Mack will have an top flight outstanding line to block for him along with a QB that can get him the ball out of the backfield and a coaching staff none better in getting the ball to their playmakers. And did I mention they also win championships??

jrmdvm1

July 27th, 2009
10:49 am

If and when young Mr. Brown decides to “switch” to the Dawgs, there may be no space left for him in the class. At least he made the correct choice of conferences. I wish him well no matter where he goes, and I hope that all promises made to him are kept; at least those that are “legal” within the NCAA rules.

MattDawg

July 27th, 2009
10:50 am

2 words on why UGA lost Brown. DEPTH CHART

[...] but he’s still able to make a credible sales pitch to newly minted recruit Mack Brown that next year will be different. … He said the biggest thing that clinched Florida for him was sitting down for a film [...]

Jared

July 27th, 2009
10:58 am

this is precisely why there ought not be any “commitments” except a signing. These kids ought to be able to sign a contract anytime they want as long as they must honor it. There’d be a lot less early “commits,” less switching schools, less hoopla on signing day, etc.

Kids need to learn the definition of the word “commitment.”

Sanford Drive

July 27th, 2009
10:59 am

“they’ve got some of the best fans.” Wow. Just….wow.

Long Dawg

July 27th, 2009
11:01 am

Good luck to Mac Brown. No one ever gets everybody they want. It does not diminish the current recruiting class one iota. There are still lots of great players to recruit. It is not that big a deal. We got the #1 quaterback out of Florida last year. Let’s move on.

ReptilesRule

July 27th, 2009
11:07 am

UGApride…Yes he’s only 2 hours from UGA but it’s not like he’s moving that far away to come to Gainesville. In fact, UF is just far away enough that you feel like you are “going away” to college but still close enough that you can get home on the weekends if you wanted to. Plus, with the family atmosphere that Meyer and the Gators have down here, you’re not leaving your family, your gaining a whole new one!! Plus trips to the Swamp will be well worth it to the parents to see their son play in the best atmosphere in college football. I know this fact will be argued by other fans but one check of the websites will confirm that most rate BHG Stadium at or near the top of every opinion or poll on this. Also the Parents will be able to get to most away games easily from their central location. And finally, that game at the Georgia Dome that we frequently play in early December is not far away.

TampaGator

July 27th, 2009
11:31 am

Hey, Stanford Drive you most likely have never been at The Swamp on any given Saturady (and especially at night). If you had, you would understand what Brown is saying about Florida fans. I have been to your stadium. No comparison, especially after Florida had laid over 50 points on the Dawgs in their own stadium. All I heard was Georgia fans booing their own team and leaving in droves with their heads between their legs. Believe me you don’t won’t home and home. Your only hope would be to play every other year in the Dome. But Atlanta has been adopted by Gator grads as part of GatorNation. So that might not work out either. Best bet, switch with Bama to the west and therefore you would not have to play the Gators every year.

BULLDawgRICKY

July 27th, 2009
11:41 am

We be da bestest in the county inways so it dontin matter. We can get anutha one we wantin inways. Y all da fuss we got some backs inway. We gona win it all dis years. it Da beginin of da end for ya gators. Wait i be says dat last years!!! neva mind we gona win 2nd in east!! yea dat betta!!!!!

Wil Walton

July 27th, 2009
12:10 pm

If I was in Rodney Garner’s shoes, my top 5 for 3 spots: MLB Jeff Luc, DT Jeff Whitaker, OL Brandon Linder, CBs Lamarcus Joyner, Cody Riggs or Johnavon Fulton.

JaxDawg

July 27th, 2009
12:22 pm

Well, we can`t get `em all and yes, there is still time for him to change his mind….I`m doubtful he will though, I guess we`ii see in Feb. I still think this “switch” to a pro-style offense will be situation dependent, and also limited to basically the cupcake teams the gators play, basically to show the NFL Scouts that Tebow can take a snap from under the center and drop back to throw. In my opinion, the spread has been working for Urban and Co. and they probably won`t risk going to the Pro-style in the big conference games very much unless they have the game in the bag already. less than 50 days til football,, GO DAWGS!!!

TampaGator

July 27th, 2009
12:52 pm

Wil…that would be “If I ‘were’ in RG’s shoes…that is basic verb/subject agreement which you should have learned in high school but obviously didn’t. Did you graduate from Georgia?

Randall

July 27th, 2009
1:12 pm

hopefully we can land eduardo clement since we couldnt get brown. does anyone have any inside information abt uga’s chances with clement?

Too Easy

July 27th, 2009
1:14 pm

TampaxGator: Pretty rude comment to Wil who was just giving an opinion – not attacking anyone.

shawn

July 27th, 2009
1:23 pm

I hear Carver of Columbus has a great RB high on UGA’s list. If only we could talk to him. Die hard dawg fan but this has been an ugly week.

Halberstram

July 27th, 2009
1:35 pm

Congrats to Mack! You can’t get all of them.