Brown Knows Where He Stands With Georgia

ATHENS – Chris Burnette and Orson Charles had a little discussion with Mack Brown.

"Be a Dawg," they both said to Brown, considered the top running back in Georgia.

Then again, Burnette and Charles have something to gain if Brown picks Georgia – they would play with him and not against him in the future.

Georgia's coaching staff also told Brown just how important he is to their recruiting efforts. In a nearly daylong trip to Athens that ended just before practice started, Mack Brown was treated to the personal touch Georgia is often known for giving recruits.

"I went up and spent a lot of time with the coaches today," Brown said of his trip to Athens. "I ate lunch with Coach McClendon, and that was great."

Brown said he spent over an hour with Georgia head coach Mark Richt Wednesday and that the Bulldogs let him know just what they think of him.

"They let me know that I am the top running back on their list," Brown said while traveling back home. The MLK running back admitted that was a flattering thing to hear considering the lineage of running backs who have come through Sanford Stadium.

"I mean a big thing with Georgia is that they put guys in the NFL," Brown said. "Garrison Heart, Herschel Walker and Knowshon Moreno… they get you ready."

Brown giggled when he admitted that he watches Walker on NBC's apprentice Sunday nights. But it no laughing matter to the running back when he thinks about the chance he could get playing for the Dawgs.

"It's a great place," he said. "I really like Coach McClendon. We got a chance to spend even more time together today. He told me I was the first player he came to see after he was hired, and he talked with me a lot today, too."

Georgia, however, will have to fight off several traditional national powers such as Alabama, Oklahoma and hated Florida – all of whom Brown will visit this spring.

"They are all high on my list," he said. "I will be in Alabama soon to see what that is like. I visit Oklahoma later in the spring."

Brown is one of two top talented running backs Georgia seems extremely interested in. Marcus Lattimore, a South Carolina native, is also being pursued by the Bulldogs. Lattimore visited the Bulldogs a few days ago and also enjoyed his visit.

Brown is scheduled to participate in the Atlanta Combine on Friday.

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