Mack Brown Will Be Ready

It was about this time a year ago when Urban Meyer got his man. The class of 2010 marked the first time that Florida head Coach Urban Meyer was able to reel in the number one running back on his recruiting board. Lithonia (GA) King HS combination speedster and power back Mack Brown gave a verbal commitment last July to the Gators and the young man has been gearing up to be a Gator ever since.

Mack Brown will show up in Gainesville and the University of Florida on June 22 and be ready to play. He has a lot to learn, but Brown wants to push himself to be the best he can be.

"I am just looking forward to the competition," Brown said about his arrival at Florida later this month. "I just want to learn the offense and get with my new teammates."

Stan Drayton coaches the running backs and is also eager for the talented do everything back from Georgia to suit up and get ready.

"I talk to Coach Drayton all the time, he was just telling me the work out plan and that when I come in I have to grow up fast," Brown said. "I haven't looked at the play book at all. They can't send it out yet...I am coming in late, so I have a lot of stuff to learn. I don't have many expectations this year until I get to know the playbook."

Bothered by hamstring injuries during his senior season, it was hardly noticeable on the field. Still, it did limit Brown. It is something head coach Urban Meyer has been concerned with as well. Brown says the hamstrings are as good as new right now.

"The hamstrings haven't hurt in a long time," he said. "I feel ready even though I haven't done a lot of running lately. I have been doing a lot of weight lifting and am up to 200 pounds right now."

Coach Meyer asked me about my hamstrings, he told me to get ready to run the ball. He also asked about my family and how they were doing.

The only thing left is to get himself and his belongings to Gainesville.

"I just have to pack my bags," he said with a little bit of worry. "I am bringing my whole room. I have lots of stuff."

The future broadcast journalism major sees himself on television one day talking about football. Getting into his classes and the university is something he knows will have to happen soon after his arrival.

"I just want to get class out of the way and familiarize my self with the campus. Being on my own is going to be something very different and something I have to get used to.

Brown keeps up with a number of prospects from the 2010 class, the nation's best.

"Leon Orr and Ian Silberman love it down there," he said of two guys that are early enrolled and already on campus. "I talk to Mike Taylor a lot. I am rooming with Mike Taylor.

"I also talk to Dominique Easley a couple of weeks ago. I talked to Jonathan Dowling yesterday and he is ready to go down there to ball. He and Dominique and I already talk about beating Alabama."

Mack Brown will play as a freshman. He's intelligent and very talented, but will need time to adjust to the play book and the college game. With a great head on his shoulders, he is setting up to have a successful career at Florida, and one that will start early.

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