"My cousin, Sidney Rice, played for them and we talked some but I knew we could take them," Brown said. "Everyone was together and they just couldn't compete with that."
During Shrine Bowl week, the North Carolina squad featured some of the best players in the state. Did any particular player(s) catch Brown's attention?
"Marque Hall! Man, it was like every play in practice he was right there in my face saying 'I'm going to be here all day.' I let him know that he was over there handling his business, and he did it in the game too."
NC State commitment Gerard Miller also played well in the Shrine Bowl game, and he left a favorable impression on Andre.
"Yea, Gerard was in my room like the whole time because I had the Playstation 2 in there," Brown said laughing. "He's such a character and was just the leader of our team. He's a funny guy... he made a song up and just kept us all loose and we bonded as a team. I like him a lot."
This weekend Andre Brown will take his final official visit, as he heads to NC State. The Wolfpack and Virginia are the two finalists for Brown's services.
"I'm coming up there Friday after my basketball game. I'm going to see if I'm comfortable and if it feels right. I want to see if all the guys are down to earth, and it's going to come down to where I feel comfortable at."
As his recruitment winds down, the Greenville Rose star admits that both schools are trying to get in their final words.
"Yea, you know Virginia's been calling because they are worried I'll go up there and commit. NC State's just saying they are looking forward to me coming for the visit."
Often times a parent's opinion will factor into a decision. Although Brown feels that won't be the case here, he did mention that his mother has a favorite.
"Well, my mom's in love with Virginia right now because she went with me on that visit. [Laughing] She don't know it's like that on every visit. She might can't make it to this one, (to NC State) but I want her to and I'm trying to get her down here from Maryland."
Can we expect a decision from Brown this weekend, or does he plan on taking a few days to decide?
"I think I'm going to come home and talk things over with my family. I want to make my decision on Wednesday."
TheInsiders.com is in discussions with Andre about possibly announcing his decision next Wednesday (or the 21st) on Countdown to Signing Day, which is televised nationally on Fox Sports South.
Check back at StateFans over the next few days as we continue to track the recruitment of North Carolina's top player, Andre Brown!