State’s No. 1 recruit on rumors he “secretly” committed to UGA

The state’s No. 1 football prospect heard so many rumors about how he had “secretly” committed to UGA that he felt the need to publicly address it.

Derrick Brown is the 5-star defensive tackle from Lanier High School in Gwinnett County.

On Thursday, Brown tweeted out this: “For all the people who think I have silently committed, that’s a false statement. My recruitment is still open as it was when it started.”

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5-star DT Derrick Brown (AJC)

Where did people think Brown had silently committed? He told the AJC in an interview that it was UGA, although that comes as no surprise since he has publicly listed the Bulldogs as his leader.

“Somebody was saying how they heard that I had secretly committed to Georgia,” Brown told the AJC. “But my recruitment is still all the way open.

“I don’t want anybody to stop recruiting me because they think I’m already committed to one school. I’m open to everything.”

Who was the “somebody” asking the rumor? Brown didn’t say, but it’s probably a good bet that it was from some of the dozens of college scouts who have stopped by Lanier’s spring practices this week.

Brown made it very clear that he is not secretly committed to UGA.

So do the Bulldogs still lead for his services?

“They sit at the top of the list, so …” he replied.

And after that? “It’s Tennessee, Auburn and Alabama.” So it’s Tennessee or Auburn at No. 2? “It’s Auburn at No. 2, then Alabama and Tennessee. It’s really just a top four.”

After setting the record straight, Brown said he plans to commit on next year’s signing day after taking all five official visits.

He was also selected on Thursday for the Nike Opening All-Star prospect camp this summer in Oregon. He had already been invited to the Rivals 5-star Challenge.

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