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December 19, 2005

Stunner: Top 100 standout picks U-M

Michigan was reportedly eliminated from the Carlos Brown sweepstakes Friday, with his coach reporting the versatile back had narrowed his list to Georgia and South Carolina. Then something went terribly wrong for the two finalists.

Brown pulled a 180 and committed to Michigan Monday, Dec. 19. The reports started surfacing in the late afternoon, and Brown confirmed it with TheWolverine.com.

"I had a little change of heart," he said. "There were a lot of reasons, but I just basically had a change of heart."

Once word leaked, Brown quickly got on the phone to the other two finalists to let them know of his decision. He phoned Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr and assistant Scot Loeffler earlier to let them know the good news.

Brown recorded over 1,500 yards rushing, averaging 11.2 yards per carry and scoring 21 touchdowns. He was 27 of 52 passing for 541 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions playing quarterback, and added one 83-yard kickoff return. He notched 81 tackles as the team's starting free safety.

But at 6-0, 208 with a frame that would allow plenty of room for growth, Brown projects as a "true tailback" at the next level, Heard County head coach Tim Barron told TheWolverine.com in mid-November.

"I think he'd be somebody that by the time he spends a year or two in a strength program, he's going to be 225 or 230," said Barron. "Right now he's about 208, and I think he's going to be one of those guys who gets a lot of touches a game and his body can hold up and take it."

Brown will graduate early and enroll at U-M in January. He has an aunt who lives in Ypsilanti, but insisted that was only one of the reasons he picked the Wolverines.

"It was a lot of things," he said. "I just felt it was the right spot for me."

Brown is Rivals.com's No. 32 player overall, No. 5 running back and No. 3 player in the state of Georgia. Barron said he's never coached a better runner.

"I've been in it for 11 years and I've never had an athlete as talented as Carlos," he said. "I've never had anybody who can run like him, and he's still going to get better. He's a great kid, but I don't think he realizes how good he can be."

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