December 22, 2008

Brown not deterred

There were plenty of empty red seats in Stegeman Coliseum when Harding Academy (Tenn.) standout Marlon Brown showed up for his unofficial visit last weekend.

But don't worry Georgia fans: The 8th-rated player in Rivals.com's latest top 100 receiver rankings doesn't hold the small crowd against the Bulldogs.

"Oh no, not at all," Brown said in a telephone interview Monday night with UGASports. "That's not going to have any effect on my decision."

On the contrary: Brown, who arrived on campus Saturday morning at 11:30 and stayed through early Sunday afternoon, said his unofficial visit to Athens only confirmed what he already knew about Gerogia and why the Bulldogs remain one of his five finalists.

"I had a blast," Brown said. "I love the coaches. It (the trip) only reinforced what I already knew about the program."

Brown said he was treated like royalty during his weekend visit, which included Saturday's basketball game at Stegeman Coliseum where he watched with assistants Stacy Searels and John Eason, along with players Tavarres King, Chris Davis and Joe Cox.

After the game, Searels and Eason took Brown on a tour of Georgia's basketball facilities.

"Those are some amazing facilities," he said. "I loved everything about it."

On Sunday morning, Brown said he went to church with Searels and later spoke with head coach Mark Richt.

The Bulldogs are one of five finalists for Brown's services. The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder has also taken official visits to Ohio State (Oct. 10) and will visit Florida (Jan. 9), LSU (Jan. 23) and Tennessee (Jan. 30).

Brown took an unofficial visit to Ohio State two weekends ago.

"I'm just taking a lot of mental notes, going over a lot of things in my head," Brown said. "I'm paying close attention to everything."

Brown conceded that teams' depth charts will be a bit of a role in his decision, and he's very aware that the Bulldogs must replace three senior receivers from 2008, including starting wideoutMohamed Massaquoi.

"It's the main one," Brown said. "But it is a little bit."

Brown said he still intends on waiting until Signing Day on Feb. 4 before making his final decision known.

Although the Bulldogs are definitely high on Brown's list of teams, watch out for Tennessee.

Despite the resignation of former head coach Philip Fulmer, Brown said that new Vols' coach Lane Kiffin has been recruiting him very hard. So far he likes what he's seen.

"He's a nice guy," Brown said of Kiffin. "It (the coaching change) isn't going to make a difference at all."



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