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Five-star Malcolm Brown picks Texas

Brown, No. 7 in the ESPNU 150 and the nation's No. 2 RB, picks Horns over Bama

Updated: August 19, 2010, 12:52 AM ET
By Bruce Feldman | ESPN.com

Texas once again reeled in another in-state, blue-chip gem when Malcolm Brown, No. 7 in the ESPNU 150, informed the Longhorns' staff Wednesday night that he was committing to UT.

"Malcolm committed to Texas," Tommy Brown, Malcolm's dad, told ESPN. "He committed tonight. It's over."

However, unlike the case with many Lone Star State products, Brown was hardly a given for Texas. According to Mike Jinks, Brown's coach at Cibolo Steele High, the move by UT coach Mack Brown this offseason to go to more of a running game and away from the spread scheme UT operated while Colt McCoy was the Longhorns' quarterback was a key factor in the back's decision-making process. In 2009, Texas ranked 61st in the country in rushing and the team's leading rusher, Tre Newton, ran for 552 yards.

"I think the change of the style of offense was big," Jinks said. "Malcolm was excited by their commitment to run the ball and saw the opportunity there."

Brown, who comes from a military family, actually had spent part of his childhood in SEC country in Mississippi, and had been very intrigued by Alabama as well as the Tide's physical style of offense. But in the end, Texas won out.

In 2009, he ran for 2,192 yards on just 197 carries for an 11.1-yard average and 24 touchdowns. Jinks said Brown measured in at 6-foot-1 and 224 pounds at the start of training camp. "He is a man," the coach said. "People will really be surprised when they see how big he is. He also has great character. He's a Tim Tebow/Colt McCoy kind of guy."

Texas already had the nation's No. 1 class working, and now it's that much better. With the addition of Brown, the Horns have 23 commits, including 10 members of the ESPNU 150. The Horns have two five-star prospects -- Brown and OT Christian Westerman, the nation's fourth-ranked prospect -- and 13 four-star players in the class.

ESPN Recruiting's Jamie Newberg contributed to this report.