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Michael Carvell

Nate Brown: Record-breaking WR declines late UGA offer

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WR Nate Brown of North Gwinnett (AJC)

WR Nate “Touchdown” Brown of North Gwinnett (AJC)

Nate “Touchdown” Brown, who had one of the best seasons in GHSA history for a wide receiver, has decided against taking official visits to UGA and South Carolina.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder from North Gwinnett High School has been committed to Missouri since last September.

Brown got late offers from UGA and South Carolina after a monster senior season in the state’s largest classification, catching 61 passes for 1,041 yards and 21 touchdowns, including four in one game against eventual state champion Norcross High School.

Over the holidays, Brown thought hard about taking a look at UGA but ultimately decided against it.

“I’ve scheduled my official visit to Missouri for Jan. 31, and that’s about it as far as recruiting news,” Brown told the AJC in a text message on Saturday evening.

“I’m NOT taking an official visit to UGA or USC.”

When asked about what factored into his UGA decision, Brown replied, “I can’t say at the moment. Either way, I doubt the visit would’ve changed my commitment in any way, shape or form – given the trust I’ve built with some of the coaches that I’ve been in contact at Missouri, in addition to all the reasons why I committed to the Tigers in the first place.

“But that’s not to take anything away from Georgia’s football program.”

UGA has 16 commitments for its 2014 class, and could sign 20-22 next month.

The Bulldogs have two high-profile targets in Norcross High School defensive end Lorenzo Carter and M.L. King defensive back Wesley Green.

The remaining members of UGA’s class seem to be pretty much up in the air right now. The Bulldogs, like most colleges, will most likely target players committed to other schools in the final weeks.

On Friday night, UGA offered Bleckley County athlete Tavon Ross, who is committed to Missouri, according to UGAsports.com’s Jake Rowe.

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