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:
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!