Brown not at Georgia just because of his grandmother

That's actually Georgia wide receiver Rantavious Wooten surrounded in a blue sea or needy press Thursday, the first day freshmen were available for interviews. (Nifty photo from my I-Phone)

Wide receiver Rantavious Wooten is actually in the center of this sea of blue-clad reporters on Thursday, the first day Georgia freshmen were available for interviews. (Nifty photo from my I-Phone)

Thursday was the first day Georgia’s true freshmen (those that play offense anyway) were available for interviews and that always makes for an interesting scene. The freshmen, who generally are already overwhelmed with everything they’re having to absorb, are bombarded with all sorts of questions from reporters that have been chomping at the bit to ask them.

I was one of those reporters and one of the first guys I wanted to talk to was Marlon Brown. The highly-touted wide receiver out of Memphis overcame an enormous amount of pressure from the locals to sign with Tennessee only to sign with the Bulldogs, who were famously favored by his grandmother. It was on national signing day that Vols coach Lane Kiffin offered his now infamous explanation why the Vols were unable to land the state’s top receiver.

“Basically every kid that we offered in this state we signed, except for Marlon,” UT’s first-year coach told the Knoxville News-Sentinel. “Marlon called [the night before signing day] and said that he loved it here, but his grandmother wouldn’t let him come. I don’t know what you do about that.”

Kiffin’s remarks didn’t go over well outside Big Orange Country.

So I had to ask Brown, playfully mind you, did Georgia recruit him or his grandmother?

Marlon Brown tells it like it is.

Marlon Brown tells it like it is.

“They didn’t recruit her,” said Brown, surrounded by reporters after this third practice with the Bulldogs Thursday. “They were honest with her and told her the truth about everything, about my academics, about my playing time, about my everything. She just liked Coach [Mark] Richt because he puts God above all. She’s a very Godly woman and she loved that about him.”

Brown, as you may have guessed, was raised by his grandmother. Asked if her feelings were the most important factor in his recruiting decision, Brown said no, “but it played an important role.”

Whatever the case the Bulldogs are definitely happy with Brown’s decision. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Parade All-American is expected to provide the perfect complement to 6-foot-4 flanker A.J. Green in Georgia’s offense.

The transition from being vigorously recruited to hurriedly prepared to play has been an interesting one for the introspective Brown.

“One difference is when you’re being recruited, they can’t coach you up really at all,” he said. “So that’s probably the biggest difference I’ve seen. Now they’re in your face telling you how to do it right. If you mess up you have to do up-downs, stuff like that. But I’d heard from other people the way [receivers coach Tony Ball] coached and I like it.”

Brown, who wore No. 22 in high school, was asked how he settled on jersey number 15. “They said, ‘you have these choices’ and I picked 15. [The choices] were like 15 and 17 and 80-something, 88 I think. I took 15.”

Brown also said he expects to lose the trademark long braids he’s had since high school. Traditionally the upper classmen shave the heads of the freshmen. “Yeah,” he said. “I’m probably going to cry. . . . Just kidding. I’ll do whatever they want.”

I also had a chance to talk to quarterback Aaron Murray, tight end Arthur Lynch and wide receiver Rantavious Wooten on Thursday. I’ll share some of those tidbits later.

78 comments Add your comment

Saint Simons

August 7th, 2009
6:35 am

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahaha

CJ

August 7th, 2009
6:52 am

Funny how Techies have nothing better to do than post on UGA stories. The reverse is also true. Just worry about your own school and stop living in the past.

Ken

August 7th, 2009
7:02 am

This kid is going to be a monster !! Go dawgs

THWGT

Hey, Chip...

August 7th, 2009
7:04 am

…when are you going to write your first blog about the Bulldogs who get arrested? Oh yeah, not much has happened on that front this summer so you have not really had much to say – let’s keep it that way – you being quiet that is!

George P. Burdell

August 7th, 2009
7:15 am

This kid is a player. Good luck to him and the rest of the Bulldogs. Thank god he didn’t go to UT. See you all on The Flats in November. Go Jackets!

Life

August 7th, 2009
7:25 am

Who cares!

People are suffering economically, losing homes, having health issues, needing jobs….the real world life issues and how to help is what I care about

Help a Friend in need, now that is what is important.

Not Disappointed

August 7th, 2009
7:31 am

Don’t under estimate the power of Grandmother. Mine was a rock! I like this young man already. Best of luck to you Marion Brown.

That being said, “Ramblin Wreck!”

Who Cares

August 7th, 2009
7:34 am

Ga Boy

August 7th, 2009
7:44 am

Life, this is a football blog period. Either the people in here heve prepared themselves to the point they are not in dire situation and have the free time to blog or they are the latter who are trying to make the best to the situation and forget the woos of the world. Either way, get of your box and go help someone if that is your desire. Lead by example, not words.

dawgstephen

August 7th, 2009
7:58 am

Great article, and good information. Sounds like he isnt over his head, and will indeed see playing time and contribute. Is it Sept 5th yet?? Go Dawgs.

http://www.dawgstephen.blogspot.com

eBuzz

August 7th, 2009
8:00 am

Although I certainly enjoyed last year’s victory, Saint Simons is irritating the hell out of me. Get a life, you clown, and act will a little more dignity. Better yet, just go away.

Bamafan

August 7th, 2009
8:23 am

I hope Marlon Brown scores several touchdowns on the vols during his career. My best friend at work says his son knows all about Marlon and says nothing but great things about the kid!! GO DAWGS!!

BigMike

August 7th, 2009
8:39 am

Life, Most people out here know it is tough economically, but no need to rain on someones happiness. It’s nice to see a kid do good, and come from the struggles of not having his parents to sucess, If you’re gonna call yourself Life, then first get one instead of hating on somebody else’s !!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

August 7th, 2009
8:39 am

A.J.(6′4″) on one side, Marlon on the other (6′5″), Orson Charles (6′2″) at TE and Wooten the 4th receiver ….. can’t cover all that! I see 2010 being the Dawgs real chance at a BCS championship but they will be good this year but still very young. Hopefully this class will stay at UGA through their senior class though I can’t really blame Knowshon and Matt for getting rich! I still think all the players should have to stay four years which is in their commitment agreement but the lawyers always screw up the system for their own greed.

Exley DAWG

August 7th, 2009
8:40 am

From what I read on this kid, Im a fan already. I cant wait to hear the ovation this kid gets when he makes his first catch in Sanford Stadium. GO DAWGS!

JB

August 7th, 2009
8:40 am

guys, guys, guys……ignore Saint Simons………That is an AJC employee cranking it up. He’s not real.
How do you get first on every blog, everyday…..you don’t unless you are at the origination point of the blog.

Robert

August 7th, 2009
8:50 am

Never underestimate the influence of Grandma, one of the most important women in any mans life. Grandma’s do seem to love CMR, and I can understand why. Marlon is going to be a BEAST!

Tampa Gator

August 7th, 2009
8:51 am

Another kid raised by his grandmother…and look at the results. Grandmothers are old enough to still remember how to be a good parent. Maybe more younger parents should take parenting classes from their grandparents. Wish you the best Marlon, and thank you for not going to Tennessee and that cheeze ball up there. Yes, Kiffin, some people still have solid values and can see through your nonsense.

Tampa Gator

August 7th, 2009
8:54 am

P.S. to Kiffin…keep trying to sell kids with billboards. Still, old fashion, honest talk with the kids and their parents (or guardians) still works best. The old saying still works best: “Let your coaches recruit the player, and let the head coach recruit the parents.” It still works, Mr. Kiffin.

kevin

August 7th, 2009
8:54 am

of course “Saint Simons the empoloyee” has to get his infamous score on the board first, can u say LOSER! Let the real fans comment!!

Voice of Reason

August 7th, 2009
9:00 am

Who cares? Everyone who clicked on the link to the story is who cares. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t have posted on it.

Life- If you are so concerned with helping people then get off your computer and this blog and go out and help someone. What did you expect the recruiting blog to be discussing? Cap and Trade?

Gators Will Pay

August 7th, 2009
9:05 am

Saint Simons has written a program allowing him to post even when he is not attending his computer. Don’t give him credit for following the DAWGS that closely.

PMC

August 7th, 2009
9:16 am

and Da Rick Rodgers is coming next year.

WOW!!!!! AJ Green maybe for 1 more after this year, Marlon Brown, Da Rick Rodgers… Orson Charles…. Tavarres King… yeah receiving shouldn’t be an issue.

LIFE

August 7th, 2009
9:22 am

At least my post made you think.

And to all, I do as I post on a daily basis.

Now go visit the elderly at a nursing home who needs some comfort and would just like someone to talk to.

I do.

GT alum

August 7th, 2009
9:22 am

This kid is going to be great. Real Tech fans realize that. The thought of Brown, Green, and Wooten for years to come sure scares the heck out of me. I’m excited about this becoming a real rivalry again, cause I like our team, too.

SimpleDawg

August 7th, 2009
9:23 am

If St Semens is smart enough to write a computer program to automatically post his anthem on any and all UGA articles and blogs, then I damn sure hope he’s doing something to benefit society, rather than just annoying the $#!+ out of the rest of us.

Good choice, Marlon.

Atlanta Gator

August 7th, 2009
9:24 am

Score one recruit for Mark Richt . . . and all the coach had to do was simply be himself. Marlon sounds like a good kid—-we wish him well in UGA career. Now, get a haircut.

LIFE

August 7th, 2009
9:26 am

And oh yeah, I too love Sports. Played both College Football and was drafted by Baltimore in Baseball in the 70’s.

Just letting you know that there are much more important issues in LIFE than an ” unproven recruit” at any school!

SAH

August 7th, 2009
9:34 am

LIFE……..GET ONE!

Welcome to Bulldog Nation Marlon.

Jim

August 7th, 2009
9:36 am

Refreshing. A humble kid who actually seems to have things figured out. Also nice to see a young man who cares about his grandmother too.He will do fine with UGA and add to the team. Someone said St.Simons needs to get a life – unfortunately, this is his life. Sad really. GO DAWGS!!

Dawgaholic idiot

August 7th, 2009
9:38 am

Should of gone to UT!

Jim

August 7th, 2009
9:41 am

Enter your comments here

shannon1776

August 7th, 2009
9:43 am

Saint Simons, when you beat us 7 years in a row, maybe you can start trash talking. Wait, I’ll settle for beating us 2 out of 3.

Jim

August 7th, 2009
9:43 am

Hey Life – My wife and I do community work, visit the sick, and help friends. And still have time to blog here. You may be doing all those things but lose the attitude and lose the preachy approach. Does not work well with people. Have a great day.

Grammar Skool

August 7th, 2009
9:47 am

Just a quick note, I almost didn’t read your article (which I enjoyed, by the way) because of the title. I thought it was going to be an article about Mack Brown not attending UGA because of his grandmother. If it were titled “Brown at Georgia not (just) because of his grandmother” or something else, I would have read it straight away. Instead, I had to come back to it after reading Anthony Dasher’s piece on Rivals.com. Anyway, your editor should have caught it. Keep up the good work.

Robert

August 7th, 2009
9:53 am

Don’t mean to hijack the blog, but has anyone else seen this story on sporting news?

http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/the_sporting_blog/entry/view/29391/Pssst:_Mark_Richt_Would_Like_to_Know_The_Answer_to_Eric_Berry/29391

I don’t want to believe it’s true, it better not be true. I think it may just be Berry talking jive, but if it is actually what happened, we should all be angry about this HUGE BALL BEING DROPPED.

OZZFEST

August 7th, 2009
10:05 am

How did we get to August 7 and I am just now finding out that Marlon Brown is 6′5″? My first thought…to paraphrase Rob Halford…. is “OKLAHOMA STATE….YOU GOT ANOTHER THING COMIN’.”

Big Dan

August 7th, 2009
10:06 am

LIFE, Glad to se you need someone to praise you for what you say you do for others. I also know a lot of people who put others first in their lives but don’t feel the need to post it on some sports blog. Sure we should all give more of our time and tallents, but do it with out the need of an ego stroke.

nola dawg

August 7th, 2009
10:08 am

good read Chip. You knew there had to be more to the story than what ol Lane was saying.

Know that you are the recruiting czar (or to anyone else)… who is tops on UGA’s 2010 board now? Do they have a shot at that Luc kid from FL?

BurningRedBleedingBlack

August 7th, 2009
10:09 am

I like this kid alot, i feel he will mature into a incredible player. I wish him well in school, health, family, god, and thats the same to all young recruits getting settled in the SEC! Im ready for some FOOTBALL GO DAWGS!! GATA

BigTimeTECHFan

August 7th, 2009
10:11 am

Hear Brown is going to be a very good receiver, if he like A.J Green they are going to be crazy good, plus didn’t they sign a very athletic tight end.

UGA vs Tech game is going to be a blast this year, Good luck dogs, but Go Jackets.

Robert

August 7th, 2009
10:11 am

I wish we could get Luc. That would really top the class of well. I think there is an LB is Texas who has us high too?? Wish we coulda gotten Mack to stay home…

Sea Island

August 7th, 2009
10:16 am

Here is what’s sad….no way SS is a real person. AJC….so sad you have to generate hits by trying to stir up Dawg fans

Big Dan

August 7th, 2009
10:16 am

I think Mack saw a stable full of backs and didn’t want to have to compete for snaps. We need to continet to build the defense for the long haul (all 4 years). We really need those line backers to come through..

nola dawg

August 7th, 2009
10:21 am

Robert – I think your talking about Jackson Jeffcoat out of Plano, TX (Dallas). A five star DE. He has us in his top 7.

I agree with Big Dan, you can not recruit enough front 7 talent these days.

GT alum

August 7th, 2009
10:22 am

Agree wholeheartedly with Sea Island, St. Simons doesn’t exist. Its gotta be someone trying to stir the pot, a Dawg fan or AJC staff. I assure you that none of my fellow Jacket fans would acknowledge him as one of our own. I also think its a little ironic that he’s always the first to comment.

CHARLOTTE DAWG

August 7th, 2009
10:23 am

Saint Simons made a computer program. “heheheheeheheehe, snort, snort”

And is it just me or does it seem like Tech fans are backing off their bravado just a little bit? Hmmmmmmmmmm

The2Davids&VernLundquist

August 7th, 2009
10:25 am

Chip: What about the last recruiting day last year when UGA had offered the JC transfer and the kid had even told Richt personally he was coming to UGA? What happened next was between that conversation and signing day Marlon told Richt he was coming to UGA. Being the astute business person Richt “watched” the body language of the JC kid and called him in the office and told him that he was watching his body language and could tell he wasn’t committed to UGA. He then told him to go out the side do as to not have to answer any questions from reporters. Obviously at the time Richt thought Marlon was going to committ to UT, so he made a huge emphasis to sign the JC kid. When Marlon decided on UGA they through the JC kid under the bus (he signed with Oklahoma).Of course this was a well contirved plan by the UGA staff, as they would much prefer a kid that has 4 years of eligibilty over a kid with 2 years. Also, I didn’t really see anything in your article that Marlon really talks about his decision. He only pretty much says that granny liked Richt. (Nothing new there). Also, did Garner go to church in Memphis? I would be interested in how many denominations he has been with and how many times he has moved his church letter.

Robert

August 7th, 2009
10:30 am

Thanks Nola,
I just feel like we never really have that speedy, big back like Mack Brown. He would been great for us.
You and Big Dan are right, that front 7 has always been UGA’s bread and butter. Has always been my favorite part of the team too.
Honestly, though, do ya’ll see us getting any of those top LB’s? I really don’t. Luc will probably head to UF, typical.

GT alum

August 7th, 2009
10:31 am

Charlotte Dawg, it looks more like Dawg fans expectations are rising as fast as they usually do this time of the year.(typical) And the fact that I respect your team doesn’t mean I don’t think we’re gonna hand you your -ss in November. Paul Johnson = whole new ball game.