January 26, 2010

Early Valentine's Day present for MSU

Mississippi State jump started the 2010 class with three instate commitments on their first junior day last February.

The Bulldogs already have two 2011 commitments from the Magnolia State and are on the verge of adding a third. Winona, Miss., junior Chelarvez Brown intends to commit to MSU on Feb. 13 as an early Valentine Day's present for Dan Mullen.

"They came up to the school (yesterday) and told me that they wanted me to commit on February 13th for their junior day," Brown said. "I think I'm going to commit because they offered me a scholarship on September 1st. I like their system, I like their coaches and I like how they play the game. I guess I will be an early Valentine's Day present for Mississippi State."

Brown played running back out of necessity this past season for the Tigers but projects as a wide receiver for State at six-foot-2, 188-pounds.

"I think I will be a receiver because I went to their camp as a receiver," Brown said. "I didn't play there this season because we didn't have a quarterback this year. We lost our senior quarterback last year and he was a pretty good player so we had to come in with a sophomore quarterback. He couldn't throw real good so we had to get the ball in my hands so they gave it to me as a running back."

Brown was a frequent unofficial visitor to Starkville this past season attending all of the Bulldogs home games at Davis Wade Stadium.

"I came to every one of their home games starting with Jackson State," Brown said. "I love the atmosphere. I walked into the locker room before the game and they were all hyped up playing loud music. I like it like that. They were amped up before the game. I like how their players all came together when they would come out with a win. I love their coach and the way they run their system. They are a great ball team."

Brown stated that his imminent commitment has nothing to do with wanting to end the recruiting process early. He has just simply made his mind up where he wants to go to school.

"I'm just sure that's where I want to go," Brown said. "It just feels like home. They treat me like I want to be treated and I just like it up there - the coaches and the players. I want to stay close to home and represent the state of Mississippi because that's where I'm from. I'll just use the other offers just like achievements."

Brown has also been receiving letters from UCLA, Michigan, Illinois and Ole Miss.

Brown helped lead Winona to a 4-8 record this past season and into the Class 3A State Playoffs. Even though he is not a natural running back, he still was able to achieve several goals he set for himself in the backfield.

"I met my expectations," Brown said. "I wanted to rush for over 1,000 yards and I ended up rushing for 1,300 yards, 14 touchdowns and one receiving touchdown. I wanted to become one of the top juniors in the state. I ended up rushing for over 200 yards in a game. I rushed for 281 yards on 12 carries against Kosciusko."

If Chelarvez Brown is a new unfamiliar name in the state then you simply might know him better by his nickname 'Chief'. After all, more people know him as Chief than they do as Chelarvez since it's a nickname that has stuck since birth.

"I was a little red, Indian-looking baby," Brown said. "I'm darker now but I looked like some type of Indian so they called me Chief because I always stayed red. My teachers don't even call me Chelarvez, they call me Chief. It's in the newspapers and everything. If somebody referred to me as Chelarvez Brown then they probably don't know who I am."

Brown has been clocked with 4.5 speed.

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