Brown Talks ECU

2015 Ayden-Grifton (N.C.) defensive tackle Justin Brown received an offer from ECU and has the Pirates in his top three. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about it.

ECU is the first school to offer Ayden-Grifton (N.C.) defensive tackle Justin Brown, but other schools are starting to show interest. Multiple Atlantic Coast Conference schools have been in contact with him and more offers could be coming in soon.

Brown has a current top three with two schools showing the most interest.

"My top schools are N.C. State, ECU and UNC Chapel Hill," said the 6-foot-3, 310-pound Brown. "Right now ECU and N.C. State are showing the most interest. I stay in constant contact with them."

The offer from the ECU came from linebackers coach John Wiley who called Brown's coach while he was lifting weights. Once Brown was called into his coach's office and picked up the phone it was Wiley on the other end saying they want him to be a Pirate.

Feb. 18 was the official day Brown received his offer, and it could have been due to an impressive performance at ECU's Junior Day he attended two weeks earlier.

Brown spoke highly of his time on campus.

"My experience at ECU's Junior Day was great," said Brown. "I knew some of what ECU had to offer, but I didn't know everything. They showed me what I didn't know and gave me a tour. The best part about it was the one-on-one time I had to talk with (defensive line) coach (Marc) Yellock. We didn't talk about football we talked about life and recruiting, which made me feel like we made a connection."

ECU may be at the top for right now since it is the only school to offer, but don't be surprised if more ACC schools join the mix. N.C. State could be the next to offer followed by UNC Chapel Hill and Clemson, both of which have expressed interest.

The offseason between junior and senior year is arguably the most important for recruits and it's a busy time. For Brown it's no different, he plans to attend a Nike Combine and Rivals camp before it's all said and done. As far as campus visits go, he has yet to set any up.

Brown has plenty of time to become a more complete player both physically and mentally before next season. It's something he plans on working hard at.

"The part of my game that I'm going to work on the most is not a physical attribute it's a mental thing," said Brown. "My teammates are counting on me to be a leader so I'm working on my leadership skills and interpersonal skills. However, I'm working on some physical attributes too. I want to be at least 305 pounds by the first scrimmage and by the first game 295 or 300. My first step has to be quicker."

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