Martin Luther King High’s Mack Brown said he hasn’t caught any flak from the locals despite his recent decision to sign with the Florida Gators.
“Oh, no, nobody has given me a hard time about it,” the No. 1 running back in Georgia said of choosing the Gators over the Bulldogs. “Everybody I’ve talked to has just told me congratulations.”
Obviously Brown doesn’t hang around on message boards . . . or recruiting blogs.
The truth is, Brown’s allegiance to Florida predates his intense two-year recruitment, according to his coach.
“All the way back when he first came to MLK Mack said he wanted to go to Florida,” MLK coach Corey Jarvis said. “I was surprised he didn’t commit to them when they first offered. The only thing that concerned him was the [Gators’] offense. Then he got real excited when Georgia started recruiting him because that’s Tailback U.”
It didn’t hurt that UGA’s campus is less than an hour away from his house. In the end, however, Florida convinced Brown in an extensive videotape session this past weekend that, under quarterback John Brantley next season, it will return to being a tailback-oriented offense.
“When Florida showed me what they were going to do and how they were going to use me, I knew that’s where I was going to go,” Brown said.
Brown acknowledged that he got more than a little pressure from his Atlanta buddies Ken Malcome, Alec Ogletree, Garrison Smith and T.J. Stripling to join them in Athens. But Brown said they’ve backed off since he went public with his decision. In fact, he said, Ogletree and Smith called to congratulate him.
Meanwhile, Brown said he has not heard from Georgia coaches since his announcement. With signing day still six months away, no doubt he eventually will.
“I have nothing but good things to say about Georgia,” he said.