After playing for Stone Mountain (Ga.) Redan for the first two years of his school career, the running back made a new home this season at nearby Lithonia (Ga.) Martin Luther King. Once he acclimated himself to his teammates and new surroundings, Brown went out and rushed for 1,712 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior.
"He's a breakaway kind of guy," head coach Corey Jarvis told BuckeyeSports.com. "He's a game-changer. If he gets one step on you, he's pretty much gone."
That sort of ability has attracted the attention of coaches from across the country. Brown holds scholarship offers from Oregon, Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Duke and Louisville and is hearing from several others.
Jarvis said he has not yet sat down and discussed the recruiting process in-depth with Brown. That meeting will come sometime after the two return from Christmas break.
"I'll tell him to consider the schools and not just the football programs," Jarvis said. "That's the main thing I tell all our kids. The main deal is being able to graduate form the schools and consider the coaching tenure there, are they stable? You have to understand they might not be there the whole four years that you're there."
Count Ohio State among the other schools that have shown interest but not yet offered a scholarship. Jarvis said the Buckeye coaches have been in contact, but not on a frequent basis.
"I haven't spoken to them since maybe after the third or fourth ballgame," the coach said. "I sent film up there, but I haven't spoken to them since. I guess someone from OSU gave him a call a week or two before the season ended."
This early in the process, the 5-10½, 178-pound Brown does not have any favorites, Jarvis said.
"Mack has been for the most part been keeping a level head about the whole thing," he said. "He's considering everybody but he hasn't expressed any leading schools or whatever. He's still looking at all the schools and weighing his options."
In his system, Jarvis said he does not utilize his quarterback or running back on both sides of the ball. However, he might bend that rule next season as the coaches are considering also playing Brown at defensive back to better take advantage of his athletic abilities.
All the schools interested in Brown are looking at him as a running back. The growth he showed through the 2008 season has Jarvis looking forward to what Brown can do for him as a senior.
"Early on, he was trying to feel his way through our offense and learning things," Jarvis said. "I think the hardest thing for him to do at first was to pick up our pass-blocking scheme. Toward the end of the year he did a lot better, but other than that he fit in right along with our kids."