It was once believed that Florida might have the edge for MLK running back Mack Brown following his recent visit to Gainesville for the Gators' Junior Day.
Thanks to Georgia assistant Bryan McClendon, it certainly appears that Florida at least has company.
Georgia rolled out the red carpet for Brown during his unofficial visit Saturday and the Lithonia native said he loved what he saw.
"Coach McClendon is really cool and will be a good coach. I can relate to him because he has played football at all levels as well," Brown said in an exclusive interview with UGASports. "We get along really well. I cannot say I have a clear leader right now, I would say they are tied up. I know I had a real good time at Georgia."
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound back knows about the program, and when he made the trip, his father was more than happy to take his son to Athens to visit. It was just as big a deal to him being at Georgia.
"Georgia is a big-time school; we have both watched them on TV plenty of times. I know my dad liked it a lot."
One of the fastest 2010 prospects in the Southeast, Brown has been timed anywhere from 4.48 to 4.3 in the forty, speed that's led to him receiving 19 offers in the past two months.
"The weather caused us to have to cancel yesterday, so we came up this morning," said Brown, who received his offer from Georgia on Jan. 23. "We were there for about 6 hours, and we just got home about (5 p.m.)."
Brown said the trip went exceedingly well.
Upon his arrival, he was welcomed by the coaching staff and received a tour of the campus.
"We go to check out the Butts-Mehre building, and there was this cool room there that showcased all the great running backs that played at Georgia," Brown said. "They showed Terrell Davis, Garrison Hearst, so many others. They are about to put Knowshon Moreno up there too. I got to see the weight room there as well, I liked it. The campus overall was really nice, everything is top of the line there."
Brown later got to visit the Rankin Smith Academic Center and talked briefly with former head coach Vince Dooley.
"When I got to sit and eat lunch with the coaches. I got to eat with Coach (Stacy) Searels, Coach (Mike) Bobo, Coach (Rodney) Garner and Coach McClendon," he said. "They sat down and we ate and talked about Georgia football, academics and life in general."
Brown said coaches told him how he could be expected to be used if he signed with the Bulldogs.
"They told me If you're a playmaker, 'we want you to have the ball,'" Brown said. "They said if I went there, they would make sure I got the ball in my hands. "
Brown said one thing about the coaches surprised him.
"I liked the coaches before the visit, but I did not realize they would be this down to earth," he said. "They are all cool and I felt comfortable joking around with them and talking football all day."
Florida and Georgia have been high on Brown's list for some time now. The Gators may have taken a slight lead after his visit to their Junior Day, so Georgia had to make up some ground for the Lithonia native.
Now that his visit is over, Brown has plenty to think about. Colleges across the country are in line to receive a visit from the top peach state back, and he knows of only one more that he will make for sure.
I plan to visit more schools and meet more coaches, but I am not sure which ones. I know that I still want to go back to Georgia and find out more, I can't see it all in one visit."
When asked which schools have stood out, Brown gave a Who's Who list of powerhouse teams.
"Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma and then South Carolina and Tennessee right now," he said. "Michigan just offered me, so they are in there too."
He may be one of the fastest players in the south, but Brown is in no hurry to make a decision. He may even wait until after his senior season to do so. He does know a few things he wants to see in his future team.
"Reliability of the coaching staff and the graduation rate and academic standards are what important factors in my decision," Brown said. "Georgia has all of those qualities that I am looking for."
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