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Longhorns reel in top RB

Texas received a commitment from Malcolm Brown, one of the nation's top running backs, on Wednesday night.

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

Brown, ranked as the nation's No. 2 running back and No. 7 in the ESPNU 150, had long been rumored to be leaning burnt orange, but made it official a month after his visit.

That's obviously great news for the Longhorns, who add another possible star to an already stellar 2011 recruiting class that ranks as the nation's best six months before signing day.

It also gives them what appears to be a big-time back, a welcome new member to a team who hasn't had a 1,000-yard rusher since Jamaal Charles in 2007.

Brown joins offensive tackle Christian Westerman -- the nation's No. 4 recruit -- as Texas' top commits, and its 23rd overall commitment. Ten of those are ranked in the ESPNU 150.

Brown is the Longhorns' highest-rated running back commitment since Chris Whaley, who came to Texas in 2009 as the nation's No. 9 running back. He moved to H-back for fall camp.

Brown, also the top recruit in Texas, cited the Longhorns' recent shift a downhill running system as a strong factor in his decision, away from the pass-oriented spread employed with Heisman finalist Colt McCoy running the offense.

"Malcolm was excited by their commitment to run the ball and saw the opportunity there," Brown's high school coach at Cibolo Steele, Mike Jinks, told Feldman. "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."

Without a dominant running back on Texas' roster -- no current Longhorn has run for more than 600 yards in a season -- Brown could become an immediate contributor for the 2011 season.

Brown is listed at 6-foot and 210 pounds, but Jinks said he weighed in at 224 pounds and stood 6-foot-1 when preseason camp began. Last season, he ran for 2,192 yards on just 197 carries for an 11.1-yard average and 24 touchdowns.

Brown chose the Longhorns over Big 12 teams Oklahoma and Texas A&M, among others. Brown also reportedly considered Alabama, who joined over 20 other schools to offer Brown a scholarship.