The answer came in two tiny words on a text message.
“Yes sir,” Mack Brown wrote.
His response was to the question, “Did you commit to Florida tonight?”
And indeed he did. That was the word from Brown, generally considered the top running back in the state, just a few minutes before midnight Friday. I got the exact same reply a few minutes earlier from his coach at Martin Luther King High, Corey Jarvis.
The amazing part is I had gotten a totally different indication about 10 hours earlier. Speaking by cell phone just a short while before going onto Florida’s campus to take part in the Gators’ “Friday Night Lights” camp and recruiting activities, I asked Brown if he planned to commit that night or was he going to come back to Atlanta and mull the decision between them and Georgia. As at least a few of you read here, he plainly stated, “Nah, I’m just going to take everything in.”
So whether that was Brown’s plan all along or he was simply overwhelmed by what was surely an impressive reception, I don’t know. Neither he nor his coach called back or responded to additional text messages after those initial confirmations. I assume they were probably celebrating, and who could blame them? It was a great day for Brown and his family.
Here’s what we do know. The defending national champion Gators, who have watched as Georgia came in and plucked away one blue chipper after another out of their fair state, gave the Bulldogs a taste of their own medicine. In Brown Florida got the running back Georgia most coveted for this year’s class.
Now let the conspiracy theories begin. Brown missed last weekend’s “Dawg Night” in Athens because he said his father couldn’t get off work to attend. Dad was able to make it down to Gainesville Friday night, however. Think the Gators were the plan all along?