Blake played a leading role in UNC's recruitment of Brown, a 6-foot-4, 279-pound defensive tackle from Fayetteville (N.C.) Britt. However, Sam Pittman, who recruits the Fayetteville area for UNC, has stepped in and filled the void.
"Coach Pittman is a good dude," Brown said. "I like him. He's funny and he also wants me to really go to Chapel Hill."
Brown says he and Pittman speak at least once a week.
"[We discuss] Chapel Hill and how UNC is a good school," Brown said.
Within the next two months, Brown plans on making a verbal commitment.
Brown says he isn't leaning towards any particular school. However, he says he "likes" Florida, Clemson, UNC, and NC State the most. All four schools have offered him a scholarship.
"I'm just trying to keep my options open," Brown said. "I'm not really trying to put anybody down or up. I'm just trying to stay humble."
Brown is focused on each school's academic reputation and environment.
"I want to feel at home, basically," Brown said.
Brown says location will play a slight role in his decision.
"But my mom said that [location] is not really a top five [factor]," Brown said. "She's going to support me anywhere I go."
Between now and decision time, Brown will take several official visits.
"I'm still talking things over with my mother," Brown said. "We're going to take official visits coming up soon – either this month or next month."
Although no trips been actually scheduled, Brown says Florida, Clemson, and UNC are among the schools under consideration for official visits.
In the meantime, Brown's focus is his senior football season. Britt, which is looking to return to the state championship game for the third consecutive season, is 5-0 with Brown starting at defensive tackle and playing significant reps along the offensive line.
"We still haven't reached our full potential," Brown said. "We still have a lot of work to do."