Brown and Family Have Great Visit

The Gators finally got their running back. It has been five years on the recruiting trail and Urban Meyer and his staff finally landed the No. 1 running back on their board. With two and a half weeks left until signing day, Mack Brown had an exciting official visit to Florida that not only sealed the deal for him but that of his family as well.

There was always just one prospect at the top of the running back board for the Gators and Lithonia (GA) Martin Luther King's Mack Brown was it for the class of 2010. Brown committed to Florida when he visited for Friday Night Lights back in July and has remained firm ever since.

This weekend, Brown came in for his official visit and brought along his mother and his sister. From the sounds of it, they were impressed by just about everything in Gainesville.

"My mom loved it and my sister loved it," Brown said. "They met the coaches and loved that they were down to earth. They loved the facilities and the campus and of course the academic programs. They really liked coach Meyer a lot."

Brown himself got a better feel for the campus and especially his future teammates. Eleven members from his 2010 recruiting class are already enrolled on campus and Brown came in with four others that are already committed to be Gators. He also liked the other players that are already on campus.

"Being around all the players and just seeing they have such good personalities," was his response when asked what he liked about the visit the most. "I really liked what I saw in all of the new coaches on my visit. Coach Meyer was really into the whole weekend."

The recruiting class has built quite a nice bond with each other. During the Under Armour and Army All-American games, both events were loaded with Gator commitments and they got to spend a lot of time feeding off of the energy from each other. Brown talked about some of the guys he has grown closest to.

"Trey Burton is a great quarterback, he has been recruiting me and is a great person," Brown said. "He recruited a lot of players with me. There are a lot of guys in this class that are cool like Dominique Easley, Johnathan Dowling, Solomon Patton, Leon Orr, and Josh Shaw, there are a bunch of good friends I have now."

The group has really taken on that Gator moxie and would like to live up to the hype of the last graduating Gator class. The recruiting class of 2006 left the University of Florida as the winningest group in school history. They also hold the record for the most wins by any SEC class. Brown and the boys are talking about keeping the traditions going.

"We are just saying that we want to go 45-0 in our class," Brown said. "We want to win all of our games and and win a bunch of national championships and be better than this last senior class."

Though he has never wavered, Brown has had to endure some things that would have made a lesser person think about looking elsewhere. One significant turn of events in Brown's recruitment has been the position coach change. Kenny Carter was the recruiter and position coach for Brown up until the week after the bowl game. Since then Stan Drayton has been all over Brown and Brown has grown really comfortable with Drayton in a short period of time.

"I think I have met coach Drayton like five times now," Brown said with a laugh. "I think he is a great coach. He is for real and he knows about the running back position. He said he just wants me to come down and compete."

Florida has even started taking steps in making sure that Brown comes to campus fully healthy and ready to go. Plagued by hamstring problems lately, Brown was shown a few exercise and diet tricks that can help with the issues and make sure he is at the top of his game when he shows up to Gainesville in June.

"They said that my right hamstring is about 25% weaker than my left hamstring so I have to work it out harder," Brown said of the training staff at Florida. "I need to watch what I eat and be careful with what I do. They said I need to quit eating so much fried food."

Mack Brown said he was done with visits and is content with his decision to be a Florida Gator. In this process, he has already made a ton of friends that will help him along his way through his career at Florida. Now the family understands what the Gators are all about and it is just a matter of signing the dotted line.

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