How did UNC get into the Mix?

Orlando (Fla.) Boone High School star Jeremy Brown is in the middle of one of the biggest decisions of his life. The standout defensive back has long been rumored to have Florida and Notre Dame at the top of his short list. A small twist of fate happened along the way and brought Brown, father Terrell and teammate Jasmine Brown back home.

Note: Coach Steve Hagen (North Carolina tight ends coach) crossed paths with Coach Phil Ziglar (Boone H.S. head coach) at a gas station traveling from Tennessee. Coach Hagen noticed the name of Boone on Coach Ziglar's t-shirt and inquired about Jeremy Brown.

Note: Jeremy has been interested in North Carolina from the beginning of the recruiting process. Jeremy was born at Duke University and has spent a lot of time in the North Carolina area over the years visiting his grandparents (Fayetteville N.C.) and training (Fort Bragg N.C.).

"Before vacationing, Charles Fishbine (MSL Sports) talked with me and put me in contact with Coach John Blake (North Carolina Associate Head Coach, Recruiting Coord./Defensive Line)," Terrell Brown said. "The timing was perfect."

7:30 a.m. - Departed for North Carolina
8:00 a.m. - Breakfast Time
9:30 a.m. - Arrived at North Carolina - Coach John Blake welcomed us with open arms

"We were guided to the coach's meeting where we had the opportunity to shake every hand in the room," Brown's father added. "Jeremy, Jasmine and I ended up in front of the meeting room answering questions and doing what we do. That experience was powerful, which left Jeremy and I in awe."

10:00 a.m. - Coach John Blake led us back to his office and showed us why many consider him to be nation's top recruiter
11:00 a.m. - Tour of North Carolina campus
1:00 p.m. - Lunch
2:00 p.m. - Spent time in the film room with Coach Chuck Pagano (Defensive Backs)
2:30 p.m. - Met with Coach Jeff Connors (Strength/Conditioning)
3:00 p.m. - Spent time with Coach Sam Pittman (Offensive line), Tommy Thigpen (Linebackers) and Coach Charlie Williams (Wide Receivers)
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. - Sat down with Coach Butch Davis and Coach John Blake

"Those guys are making some things happen in Chapel Hill," Brown said. "It was exciting to see what is happening on and around the campus. Coach Davis will take North Carolina to another level in every area possible. You can tell he pays attention to every detail. An awesome experience."

"Jeremy and Jasmine were very impressed. There was a special and certain kind of excitement in the air. You can tell that something awesome is getting ready to happen in Chapel Hill, N.C."

My Take: Jeremy Brown and father Terrell Brown are going above and beyond in terms of the amount of research that they are doing. For a long time, it has been a Florida and Notre Dame battle. Now, North Carolina has come in and put the full court press on Brown and it looks like he will return the favor with a return trip for an official visit. I have had the impression after each phone conversation that home is where the heart is. The problem is the Brown family considers both Florida and North Carolina home. At this point, I still give the edge to Florida followed by Notre Dame with North Carolina closing the gap immensely.

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