June 12, 2010

Ole Miss adds second commitment from elite camp

It was obvious on Sunday, as players exited Ole Miss' indoor practice facility for their respective trips home, that Ole Miss' invitation-only elite camp was a resounding success.

By Thursday night, the results are even more tangible.

One day after fellow camp attendee Cody Prewitt committed to the Rebels, Winona, Miss., running back Chelarvez Brown joined Ole Miss' 2011 signing class.

Brown, a three-star standout ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 15 all-purpose back, committed to Ole Miss Thursday, shortly after receiving a scholarship offer from Rebel head coach Houston Nutt and running backs coach Derrick Nix. Brown chose Ole Miss over Mississippi State, which had long been considered the favorite to land his services. Southern Mississippi, Stanford and others had shown serious interest in Brown this spring.

Nicknamed "Chief," Brown ran a 4.57-second 40-yard dash at Ole Miss' camp on Saturday. The 6-foot-1, 187-pounder posted a 33-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot, 9-inch vertical jump.

Brown's stock jumped at the BadgerSports Elite 7-on-7 Passing Camp held at the University of Alabama. Brown helped lead Team Mississippi to the championship at the event, hauling in three touchdown passes in the title game, including the game-winner as time expired.

"I caught the game-winning touchdown pass and led the team in touchdown catches," Brown said. "We played eight games and I had 13 touchdown catches. I didn't know that I was going to do that well because we had some of the top players in the state on my team that play receiver, like Tobias Singleton."

Brown also impressed Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barton Simmons at the event. Simmons rated Brown the 11th best prospect at the event.

"Most of Brown's weekend was spent lining up at slot receiver and a lot of the time he was lined up in the opposite slot from his highly touted teammate Tobias Singleton," Simmons wrote. "Physically, Brown and Singleton are very similar to the point that they can be easily mistaken for each other. Though Singleton did nothing over the weekend to show that he doesn't deserve all the offers and accolades he has received, when a big play was made and it was unclear which of the two made it, more often than not, Brown would be the culprit.

"He showed the ability to make plays down the field and though he has a background at running back, Brown seemed perfectly comfortable with his hands in traffic. ...He adds to his upside with the ability to play running back, slot or safety."

As a junior, Brown rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Brown joins Prewitt and Russellville, Ark., offensive tackle Mitch Hall as prospects who have given verbal commitments to join Ole Miss' 2011 signing class. National Signing Day is Feb. 2.

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