February 23, 2010

Brown makes weekend trip to Ole Miss

Chelarvez Brown isn't too macho to admit it.

When he didn't hear from Ole Miss much late last season or early this month, his feelings were hurt.

However, Brown, who his friends call "Chief," didn't take on any grudges. Instead, when Ole Miss asked him to make the trip up to Oxford on Sunday, he obliged and listened.

He's glad he did.

Brown, a 6-foot-2, 191-pound running back from Winona, Miss., spent part of his Sunday at Ole Miss, talking with new co-offensive coordinator Dave Rader and running backs coach Derrick Nix and touring the Rebels' facilities.

"They told me they wanted me to get on campus and see their facilities before I decided where I want to go," Brown said. "They said they really want me. They showed me films and all kind of things. They showed me the facilities and their plans for me.

"It was my first time there. I think it's really good. It's great. It's very nice."

Brown, who rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior, said the Ole Miss coaches explained that a coaching shake-up after the season was the reason he wasn't contacted as frequently as the Rebels had hoped to. That explanation, Brown said, soothed the aforementioned injured feelings.

"(Earlier this year) I was like, 'Well, I guess I'm not their style of running back,'" Brown said. "I didn't hear from them during the season or anything. When I heard they wanted me to come see them, I felt better.

"They can make it up. They didn't lose too much ground. I haven't made a decision yet."

Brown said the Rebels' coaches indicated they'd like for him to come to Oxford for the Rebels' next junior day on March 27. Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt, who was out of town on Sunday, wants to spend some one-on-one time with Brown, the prospect said. He also apparently wants to see him work out in an on-campus camp this summer.

Mississippi State has already offered Brown. Southern Mississippi, like Ole Miss, is still evaluating. LSU, Auburn and Alabama have also expressed interest.

"Nobody's ahead or anything," Brown said.

Brown said he's hoping to put on another 15 pounds or so between now and the start of his college career. He believes he can do that without losing a step. Brown said he was clocked at 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash prior to tearing cartilage in a knee early last season. With the injury, which has since been repaired via arthroscopic surgery, Brown ran a 4.52-second 40.

"I've got good explosiveness in the open field," Brown said. "I've got a good burst of speed. I have good vision and I can cutback."

Brown, who has a 3.2 core grade-point average and a 15 on his first attempt at the ACT, said he has no timetable for a decision.

"I'm just going to play that by ear," Brown said. "I want to check out some things with the schools that really want me. I want to look at the depth charts, give it some deep thoughts and go where is best for me."

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