Brown Not Swayed By Emotion

One of the more heated battles in college football recruiting is taking place in the state of Georgia between the home state Bulldogs and the Florida Gators. The schools annually square off for the top prospects in the two states and this year seems to be an even bigger rumble with more prospects. Mack Brown may be the best, and despite rumors, it's still status quo for the elite running back.

Mack Brown has been at the top of the running back board for the Florida Gators for quite some time now. The Lithonia (GA) King HS speedster has all the tools the Gators look for in a back including durability as a between-the-tackles runner. Florida's top three returning rushers rushed for more than 1,600 yards combined in 2008 and had a whopping 7.6 yards per carry average. That is more than two yards more than what the top tailback at Georgia had per carry.

The Gators would like to settle on a single back but have not been able to find one that can consistently run hard and stay healthy. Brown looks to be an answer to that problem. According to him, it comes from a lot of hard work including the off-season.

"I work out twice a day," he said Sunday evening by phone. "I work out at the school, running and lifting every day. was at a camp at Shiloh high school this weekend and worked out a little bit there too."

There have been rumors swirling around that Brown was ready to end his recruitment and might pull the trigger soon for his college destination. When asked if it is getting close, he gave an answer of uncertainty. Regardless, the Gators still look like the team to beat.

"I might, I don't know yet," he said about committing sometime soon. "It's still Florida and Georgia at the top. Both are good programs. Both have good coaching staffs. Both have good offenses that are real productive. They are pretty even, but Florida is number one right now."

Florida fans have grown worried of the sudden possible commit news after Brown attended a football banquet in Rome, Georgia that featured guest speaker and Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo along with a few other high profile athletes from the area. Five-star safety Alec Ogletree committed publicly to Georgia at the event and four-star wide receiver Da' Rick Rogers (also committed to Georgia) was also in attendance.

The athletes went on stage and were asked questions and the event got a little emotional when Ogletree decided he would go public with a surprising early commit to the Dawgs. Ogletree and Rogers will most certainly press Brown to go to the same school. Brown said it was big news, but won't push him ion any direction when it comes time to commit.

"That was big having two of the best players in Georgia commit to the home school," Brown said. "But, that has nothing to do with where I commit."

Brown has been a busy traveler checking out the programs he is interested in and will make a couple of trips to Gainesville in the month of July. Family ties to Ocala, a town 40 miles south of Gainesville make it a convenient trip for the Brown family.

"I don't know the day yet, but I know I am going next week to visit Florida," he said. "I am going down there to visit Coach Meyer and Coach Carter. I also plan on visiting for Friday Night Lights."

While it appears Mack Brown isn't ready to make an immediate decision on where he will play his college football that decision could be coming soon. A couple of trips to see the national Champs in the near future could allow Brown to see all he needs to see.

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