Ten at 10: Urban Meyer thinks Mack Brown a big get for Gators

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Dogged by double hamstring injuries all last season, M.L. King’s Mack Brown did not have the senior year everybody expected. Opening as the state’s top-rated tailback, he barely managed 1,000 yards for the Lions. But that hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of Florida coach Urban Meyer, who labeled Brown one of the most important acquisitions in the Gators’ No. 1-ranked recruiting class of 2010. “I love Mack Brown and when I say I love Mack Brown I love everything about his family,” Meyer told GatorBait.net. “I love his family, his mother is a great lady and his sister and his father is the guy I got closest with. He might be the highest-rated back we’ve gotten since we’ve been here. He’s got to get healthy and when you watch him on tape it reaffirms, I did that about three weeks ago, I watched him on tape and he’s tremendous. We need to have him ready to go right now. He has the size to become a 210-pound back which we need.”

2. Meyer was pretty pumped about another Atlanta product the Gators landed. He spoke glowingly of Westlake linebacker Michael Taylor, a one-time Tennessee commitment who ended up as Rivals.com’s No. 3-rated prospect at his position. “That’s a great high school, Westlake High School in Atlanta is one of the top high schools in America, that was our error not to be in the middle of that one,” Meyer told GatorBait. “Came down, terrific kid, was the MVP of the Under Armour game, and even before there was transition with (Tennessee’s) staff he made the decision he wanted to come to Florida. We’re very proud to have him. Good kid, good student, good family, the whole deal.”

3. Do you get the feeling there is a different set of NCAA rules in the state of Alabama than there is in Georgia? Over the last four years, Alabama has signed 11o football players to letters-of-intent. Auburn has signed 119. Over the same period, Georgia has signed 86 and Georgia Tech 79. The difference therein is equal to more than an entire year’s recruiting class. NCAA rules stipulate that you can never bring in more than 25 players on scholarship in a single year and you can never have more than 85 players on scholarship at one time. This is something I’m just beginning to look into but there are only a few ways to get away with this. One, some signees you never expect to enroll; two, some end up on medical hardship; and, three, you run off those that can’t compete. This is why the SEC instituted the 28-max rule. The NCAA adopted the rule for the entire FBS for 2011.

4. Ran across this quote from B.J. Butler on a Louisville fan site recently that seems to validate assertions that Georgia actually withdrew its offer for the Kissimmee, Fla., linebacker. Asked how he wound up with the Cardinals, Butler said: “I visited around Jan. 8, and Georgia wanted an answer on where I was going before I left for Louisville,” Butler said. “When I told them I wanted to wait until I got back, they suggested that we go our separate ways.” So there you go.

5. The general perception is thatmost recruiting takes place in the fall. Not so. The reality is it’s a year-round proposition and it could be argued that right now, in the dead of winter, is the most critical time. Georgia and Georgia Tech have already held their first junior camps. The University of Texas has its first of two this weekend. Junior camps are invitation-only affairs in which the best prospects pay their own way to campus, are treated to campus tours and sporting events and the weekend is usually capped off with scholarship offers. The Longhorns had 21 commitments before April 1 of last year, according to The Sporting News Today. The Bulldogs had 17 by August of last year.

6. Don’t look now but Tennessee is already working hard on defensive tackle Gabriel Wright and running back Isaiah Crowell, a pair of rising seniors at Carver-Columbus and two of the state’s best prospects. The Vols had already made headway under former coach Lane Kiffin but have reestablish a relationship through Lance Thompson. “I like Coach Kiffin and his attitude and he’s a cool guy, funny guy,” Wright told Volquest.com. “But, I love Coach Thompson too. He’s just wanting to get us to Tennessee.” But Wright said he’s not anywhere close to picking favorites. He talked about the criteria he’ll use to narrow it down. “First, I look for good communication. I want to be able to talk with my coaches and some of the players,” he said. “Definitely who will be coaching me. A good FCA program would be nice. I know they take care of the kids and keep kids active. The people. The fans. The excitement. I know that’s pretty much a given with any school I’m looking at. That’s why Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, they’re all some on the top of my list. The game atmosphere I’ll be playing in and all the joy and excitement that goes into that.”

7. Social media such as Facebook and Twitter have become an increasingly powerful element in the recruiting game. But it is not a medium Georgia recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner is ready to embrace. “I know you’ve got to embrace some of these things, but my job is already encompassing enough,” Garner told reporters recently. “I’m not going down certain roads right now until I have to.”

8. Speaking of Twitter, Tennessee signee Da’Rick Rogers claimed in a Tweet to already be qualified for freshman eligibility with the Vols. In a response to @brandonring, Rogers wrote, “yes i am … been qualified since october… qualified for uga a while back ago[sic] … put in my application last week qualified 4 the Vols.” For what it’s worth, this does not corroborate with information I was getting from sources when Rogers was committed to Georgia.

9. ESPN.com’s SEC blogger Chris Low lists Auburn junior college transfer Cameron Newton as the top newcomer to the league in 2010. Neverminding that the former Florida quarterback is not actually an SEC newcomer, Low writes that the 6-6, 245-pound Newton “has everything Gus Malzahn is looking for to run his spread offense.” Since Newton is already enrolled in school and will go through spring practice, Low sees him as the runaway favorite to win the Tigers’ starting quarterback job.

10. Low’s other four newcomers to watch: Florida redshirt freshman receiver Andre Debose, Alabama cornerback DeMarcus Milliner, South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore and Ole Miss junior college transfer defensive end Wayne Dorsey.


157 comments Add your comment

ga gator

February 11th, 2010
10:13 am

There is an interesting article on ESPN on line about what you said about the number of signees that a team can actually sign. There are all kinds of loopholes, but the SEC is in the process of passing a rule jokingly called the “Houston Nutt Rule” which basically limits SEC teams to 28 players. Nutt said he signed 36 last year knowing that only 25 could be counted on that years total and that most wouldn’t qualify and would attend JC’s which Mississippi has plenty of.

AUfan

February 11th, 2010
10:24 am

Mr. Towers you need to do homework before you claim allegations on anyone. I figured that would be a journalism rule that all journalists followed. I guess not for you.

FJR

February 11th, 2010
10:25 am

yeah, we really need to institute a rule limiting the number of LOI’s a school can receive. It may have the effect of actually keeping schools from recruiting academically questionable athletes. For once. It may actually put some heat on kids to get their grades up their senior year. Right now, there are no consequences to a school whatsoever if they go after a guy with questionable academics. If he doesn’t qualify, he just goes JUCO and then comes in a couple of years, when he’d probably just be getting a shot at the field anyway.

FJR

February 11th, 2010
10:28 am

AUfan, don’t get all in an uproar. He’s just pointing out that some schools recruit guys that they know have no shot whatsoever of qualifying, just so they can get in early on them for their post-JUCO careers. He certainly didn’t accuse them of breaking any rules, as they are currently written. He just questioned how well a system works that allows you to recruit players that you are certain won’t qualify. You cannot deny that Auburn does that, because they recruit more players than they can legally give scholarships.

IDIOT SEC DRYWALL/LANDSCAPERS

February 11th, 2010
10:29 am

Way to go on pulling BJ’s scolly in an effort to save face. UGA already had plenty of DL commits but I wouldn’t call that move classy by any means.

Rodney Garner – you keeping that car phone charged? O wait, Rodney just paged me on my Motorola i got at the mall kiosk. Let me find a phone bank….

Georgia Truth

February 11th, 2010
10:31 am

Chris Low at ESPN is an idiot!…..anybody that actually believes his logic in rating SEC talent and teams can clearly see that he doesn’t do his homework and clearly doesn’t understand the strengths and weaknesses of each SEC team.

rico43

February 11th, 2010
10:31 am

I always considered blogs like this a way for writers to update readers on works in progress. It might be fun seeing a little sacred cow-tipping at the expense of St. Nick and the Plainsmen.

IDIOT SAVANT SEC VINYL SIDING INSTALLERS

February 11th, 2010
10:35 am

Just checked in with Garner on my CB radio. He couldn’t seem to grasp the concept so I’m trying to reach him via telegram. Will let you know in 8-15 days his comments on the BJ Butler story.

IDIOT SEC DRYWALL/LANDSCAPERS

February 11th, 2010
10:36 am

Georgia Truth – Great Point! What is he thinking??? Those freshmen will definitely have no struggles, the defense will instantly be better now that your 18th choice for DC is now on board, and of course all of the true freshmen will be immediate contributors!

Wow, you must be the best forklift driver at the plant.

IDIOT SEC DRYWALL/LANDSCAPERS

February 11th, 2010
10:38 am

*freshmen QBs*

Juno1977

February 11th, 2010
10:41 am

Good Post…

Will

February 11th, 2010
10:44 am

The hacks at ESPN may have thought that the SEC was down last year, but you wait until later this fall. Every team in the league has talent, coaching and experience. 2010 will go down as one of the best seasons of all time. The SEC West especially is going to be a beast. Alabama will be the favorite but there schedule in not nearly as easy as the 09 campaign which by the way should be embarrassing to all Bama fans.

Alabamadawg, who's never gonna visit the Outback Resturant again !!

February 11th, 2010
10:54 am

I’ve talked about Bama’s or should I say Saban’s large signing classes, since he came to Bama…think about those young men whose homes he visited, whose families he befriended, who’s son’s he bonded with, who he promised a scholarship and free education to, only to later throw them under the bus…what a class act !!!

AUfan

February 11th, 2010
11:03 am

I understand what you are saying FJR. I know Alabama abuses and grayshirts kids left and right. Which AU has not done in the last 4 years. Our last group of coaches just did a poor job of selecting the kids we recruited. Therefore we had alot of non-qualifiers (some expected and some not), transfers, kids doing poorly in college (grade-wise) and then some bad luck in injuries and hardships. In 2007 we signed 30, 8 didn’t qualify and 7 more have since left due to various reasons. 2 of the 8 Non-qualifiers returned. Leaving 17 kids on our team from that class. In 2008 we signed 28, 4 didn’t qualify and we lost 12 more to various reasons (which had alot to do with our lack of depth this past season). Leaving 11 players from the 08 class left, because our QB was from JUCO and he just graduated.. Which is just sad. In 2009 we signed 28, 8 of those didn’t qualify, got drafted by MLB, etc. Leaving us with 20 currently left. Which is why we signed 5 guys early this year. We signed 32 in 2010, but 5 counted to 2009. So we signed 27 expecting 2 to not qualify. So in 4 seasons we will have 77 kids from classes.

hola

February 11th, 2010
11:06 am

yo yo yo homies was up

urban

February 11th, 2010
11:06 am

mack brown for heisman

saint simons

February 11th, 2010
11:08 am

45-42 hahaha

Darlington Fan

February 11th, 2010
11:10 am

Da’Rick don’t have to tell Da’Truth. Da’Daddy Mike told him so.
Big question is will Da’Rick make it through high school??? I’m sure the Calhoun admin. will do everything to get him through so they won’t look bad. How many ISS or OSS (supensions) are you allowed?????? Hmmmm

ga gator

February 11th, 2010
11:11 am

saint simons, you are a joke boy, give that up; the top 2 ACC teams got beat by 2 teams from the SEC East!

The real truth

February 11th, 2010
11:16 am

Georgia Truth’s ideas of strengths and weaknesses about other team has nothing to do with “doing homework” but more of Tebow’s gone or Florida lost everyone etc… Nevermind that UF has a better QB situation that UGA has going into next year. Nevermind that while UF lost 11 starters UGA lost 8. Nevermind that top to bottom Florida has more talent than any other team in the SEC East.

Do your own homework before crying man that Chris Low is an idiot how dare he rank Florida above my dogs woof woof woof…

poopdawg

February 11th, 2010
11:19 am

Hey ga gator, any word on a new DC at UF? I thought i read intially when Edwards was hired he and someone else (???)were going to be co-coordinators.

skydawg

February 11th, 2010
11:20 am

He better be more worried about how many “personal” visits he makes with recruits being that he is not the head coach currently. Just ask Will Muschamp and the NCAA which ruled that since he was “Head coach in waiting” that he is technically also a head coach with one personal visit per recruit.

bank on it

February 11th, 2010
11:21 am

Mack Brown is not a SEC running back. Every single big game (including the UnderArmour game) that was a chance to shine he was a flop. Good luck down there in the swamp. If you can’t run through the region MLK played in you are in for a rude awakening in SEC play.

patrick

February 11th, 2010
11:25 am

Fact: Mark Richt had ribs and corn for dinner last night. Not only did he not spill anything on his clothes, he also did not get any kernels stuck in his teeth. In a statement released later that evening, he wanted to dedicate his performance to the 2007 UGA team. Even though they didn’t win the conference title, he felt like they should have played for the national title.

Name one other coach in the SEC who could pull that off.

Halsey

February 11th, 2010
11:26 am

Why does it seem that UGA never had a shot at Taylor? They were after LB’s and I read they offered him. Does he just not like UGA or what?

Delbert D.

February 11th, 2010
11:28 am

Meyer hired Mack Brown? Holy crappies!

Diamond Dawg's Parole Officer

February 11th, 2010
11:31 am

UT’s Mack Brown wouldn’t work for CMR. He’s actually won a national title and lost in another national title game. For that matter, his DC wouldn’t come back to work for his alma mater.

ga gator

February 11th, 2010
11:31 am

poopdawg, Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun told me it is down to the Co-D Coordinator at Clemson, which I am not happy about and the Dback, Assist-Coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals. In light of how the Vikings passed all over them, I am not happy about that either, but at least the Gators have their secondary coach from the last 5 years so maybe it won’t be too bad. We’ll see.

#1 BAMA FAN

February 11th, 2010
11:34 am

AUfan….blah, blah , blah. The truth is BAMA had sanctions that resulted in the loss of schlorships, thus the signings. You say you lost 12 for various resons but want to be critical of other teams. Then you recruit a know felon because you need a QB. ALABAMADAWG…did you hear BAMA WON THE NC! I’m stuck in Atlanta wishing I was in LA (Lower Alabama) RTR

brucemac

February 11th, 2010
11:36 am

Continued ignorant Gator comments as Patrick kicked that AZZ yesterday with facts and that always confounds and confuses those Gaturds. But they can always retort with juvenile comments, name calling and the like. Tee Hee, we Gaturds are almost as childish as the North Ave. Nats.

FrozenGator

February 11th, 2010
11:36 am

I preached about this all last year, the 28 schollies should be called The Alabama Rule (or Saban). This past year they had 9-10 over with just about a week before signing day, yet when the smoke cleared Alabama managed to get the new ones in, go figure.

gadawg1980

February 11th, 2010
11:42 am

just leave da” trick to face da” dawgs come fall, da” going to be da” hurt

Magic Man

February 11th, 2010
11:42 am

Halsey,

At one time UGA was the leader for Taylor. However, they cooled on him and stopped recruiting him. He did not fit the mold of LBs that our old staff liked. Plus, he is originally from Florida and was always looking for the UF offer.

skydawg

February 11th, 2010
11:44 am

ga gator

February 11th, 2010
11:45 am

brucemac, with comments about gaturds, I guess the juvenile comments and name calling don’t apply to you. But then again, when an embecile uses slander, it makes me feel good.

GATOR

February 11th, 2010
11:47 am

Enter your comments here

Gatorzone

February 11th, 2010
11:47 am

Patrick, now that was funny!

FrozenGator

February 11th, 2010
11:49 am

All of the excuses about the Alabama probation is baloney, half to 2/3’s of the scholarships “taken” away could’nt be given out anyway if good kids are recruited and they are kept in school. The lowest number should have 79-80, hardly a large disadvantage.

Gator Nation

February 11th, 2010
11:52 am

UF needs to snag 3-4 Georgia players every year as this is a great region for talent now, one of the tops in the nation. I don’t know whether Mack Brown is an SEC back or not but he will get his chance. Don’t forget, he was fighting injury throughout his Sr year. I know the coaches would like to see him get up to around 210 lbs or so and hopefully become an every down back. Might not happen in his freshman year, but UF has the depth at RB to give him some time. Also, don’t forget about Neiron Ball from Georgia, he will probably be redshirted to get bigger and stronger but he is already enrolled.

Gator Nation

February 11th, 2010
12:00 pm

We will probably soon learn about Florida’s new DC, probably by the end of this week. It seems that Urban wants to go back to the NFLfor this pick and the Arizona Cardinal guy has impressed in interviews according to media reports. It was probably fortunate that Edwards went ahead and left when he did, he was never really involved with the recruiting by the way, and UF is not up against the wall to make a super quick decision.

poopdawg

February 11th, 2010
12:01 pm

ga gator , so Edwards was not a co-coordinater when he was intially hired, in january? I wouldn’t worry about specific stats on a new DC , they will get a good coach. The only concern would be how a new DC meshes with the already hired defensive staff. I’m sure most DC would want to bring somebody with them to place on the staff.

hunkerdown

February 11th, 2010
12:01 pm

If teams such as AU and UA allow more loi than scholarships it is not bad luck knowing you are allowing several kids loi that will not qualify. I agree with the statement made by FTR that it is not encouraging kids to perform in the class room. I feel the loi should closely if not exactly mirror the max scholarship for the year. These coaches know whats going on and that is why they are over the limits in loi. The student ahtlete is becoming a forest.

Gatorzone

February 11th, 2010
12:02 pm

You guys enjoy your snow tomorrow. I am freezing in St. Pete today!

singndablues

February 11th, 2010
12:03 pm

Another point with Bama and Auburns large classes – it inflates their recruiting rankings. Take away the non-qualifiers and their rankings would drop. Surprised Rivals and Scout don’t take this into consideration when compiling their rankings.

Gatorzone

February 11th, 2010
12:04 pm

poop, He was co-coordinator with chuck heater. They should just name Chuck the D-coordinator

ga gator

February 11th, 2010
12:07 pm

Gatorzone, I agree. Make Heater the coach and bring in a LB coach. Looks like Richt got a good one in Vandy’s LB Coach coming over.

Too funny to be believed

February 11th, 2010
12:07 pm

ga gator- It’s too darn funny that you are calling someone and “embecile” and in the process you misspell imbecile. I’m not the grammar police by any means, but you have to admit that is funny. Next you can tell the guy…”Your a moron”

gadawg1980

February 11th, 2010
12:07 pm

shut the h__ll up gator turd fan go after da” trick he can hang out with urban

Milburn Drysdale

February 11th, 2010
12:08 pm

#1 Alabama Fan….there is a road that will take you straight back to LA. It is called I-85 south and don’t let the Chattahoochee hit you in the azz.

ga gator

February 11th, 2010
12:08 pm

singndablues, Scout does it slightly differently. They only use the average of your top 15 rated recruits which I think is more accurate.