April 6, 2009

Brown discusses Michigan, top five

Late last week, Lithonia, Ga., Mack Brown sat down with his coach and parents to discuss a potential top five, hoping to narrow his list from the 22 offers he has received so far, including one from Michigan. On Monday, he had some news to share …

"I don't have a top five yet," he said. "We were thinking about it but I really want to visit every school that has offered me this summer and then figure out which five I want to officially visit after that. I've already seen Florida, Georgia, Auburn and South Carolina and I want to get up north to see Michigan, Maryland, West Virginia and some other schools."

A 5-11, 185-pound back with 4.38 speed, Brown is a four-star prospect and the No. 46 overall player in the country. In an update with GameCockCentral.com March 20, Brown said, "Michigan stands out. I know they've been a powerhouse for the last 20 or 30 years or so."

Brown definitely plans to see the Michigan campus this summer. He was hoping to make a trip to Ann Arbor this spring but hasn't been able to work it into his schedule.

"I'm pretty sure they're going to make my top five," he said. "I don't know why, but ever since I was little I grew up a big fan and have followed their program the past 10 years or so.

"I like them even more know with Rich Rodriguez there because he runs an offense, the spread, that really plays to a running back's strengths. The coaches there have told me I'd be a perfect fit for them because I can catch the ball out of the backfield, make guys miss and hit the home run when I get into the open field."

In 2008, Brown rushed for 1,699 yards and 22 touchdowns on 168 carries (10.1 yards per carry).

"He's a multi-threat athlete back there," head coach Corey Jarvis said. "You never have to take him out of the game because of a deficiency. Last year, he struggled with his blocking early, but he worked hard to improve and now he does that well too.

"But they're not interested in him because he can block. He has tremendous speed and is very elusive. He's the kid that if he gets a seam is just gone and no one will catch him."

Jarvis has said he has seen a lot of reports about his star back in recent weeks and months but there is a lot of misinformation out there.

"I saw something that said he was going to play in the Under Armour Game - ESPN was reporting that - but he hasn't decided if it'll be that one of the Army All-Star game," Jarvis said. "I've also heard that he's a lock for one of the schools down here but I know that he really wants to visit Michigan, and maybe Ohio State.

"He's just always been a huge Michigan fan and I definitely think they have a shot."

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