Defensive end Mekhi Brown (Columbus, Ga./Carver) cannot drive yet, but he has an offer list that is envy of many an upperclassmen. Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Duke, Tennessee, and North Carolina have already offer Brown. And now so has the University of Georgia.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound sophomore should not be surprised by any new offers he picks up, but the one from the Bulldogs caught him off guard.
“I got a bunch of texts from reporters saying, ‘Did Georgia offer you?’ I had no clue. I wasn’t aware of it. Then my dad called me and said that Coach [Dell] McGee told him that it was a true offer. I mean I thought UGA was done recruiting Carver.”
Carver is a powerhouse program in the Peach State the produces top talent every year. So why would Georgia stop recruiting the school?
“I thought because of the whole Isaiah Crowell thing that they might think low of Carver -- because at one point Coach McGee banned Georgia from Carver,” Brown said. “So it was a real shock to me. It is unbelievable. I never saw it coming. It is a pretty big school and a good academic school as well. This came out of nowhere, but it shows that they think I have potential. So I am blessed, but shocked mostly.”
Crowell was a five-star All-American that picked Georgia and was named SEC Freshman of the Year in 2011. Prior to his sophomore season, the talented running back was dismissed from the team after being arrested on three weapons-related charges. McGee did temporarily ban Georgia coaches from recruiting Carver in 2009, but it was a short-lived proscription that had to do with the withdrawal of a scholarship offer to quarterback Devin Burns. In 2011, Crowell and teammate Quintavious Harrow signed with the Bulldogs. Harrow left in July for academic reasons. Despite the rocky recent history of Carver players at Georgia, All-American Jarvis Jones -- another Carver standout -- might be one of the most well-loved players the Bulldogs have had in decades.
Jones serves as an inspiration to Brown.
“I couldn’t believe that I had a chance to meet him,” Brown said. “He gave me some good advice. I just couldn’t believe it because the next year he blew up. I have seen him around Carver a little bit since then.”
From Carver to possibly the first round of the NFL draft, Jones’ story is impressive. Brown hopes to top it.
“Hopefully I can be better than Jarvis,” Brown said. “I study him and Jadeveon Clowney. Those are my two favorite players in college. Manti Te’o is good too -- he had more interceptions that almost all the defensive backs in the country.”
His sophomore season was quite successful.
“I had about 9 sacks, 50-60 tackles, three swatted balls and five forced fumbles,” Brown said.
Now that the season is over for Carver, Brown plans to visit a few schools. So far he knows of at least one destination.
“I might go to Florida next week,” Brown said. “I heard it was a pretty big campus as well.”