Brown Makes Decision

During his North Carolina official visit this weekend, Devonte Brown verbally committed to the Tar Heels.

"I made the decision [Saturday] morning," Brown said. "It was just a feeling. Everybody says good things will come to you if you wait and it just came to me. I've been asking God for a long time to help me decide which school to go to and he finally answered."

Shortly after getting that feeling, Brown, a 6-foot-4, 279-pound defensive tackle from Fayetteville (N.C.) Britt, told Sam Pittman, his area recruiter.

"[Pittman] was excited about it and overwhelmed," Brown said.

Brown had received approximately 20 scholarship offers. Of those scholarship offering schools Florida, Clemson, UNC and NC State were recruiting him the hardest.

"Basically, [I liked] the love and the support system they have at North Carolina," Brown said. "And I like it there and the academic system there is excellent."

Prior to this weekend, Brown was considering taking at least most of his allotted official trips. That's no longer the case.

"I'm not taking any more official visits," Brown said. "I'm just staying with North Carolina."

Brown's mother, her fiancé, and his brother joined him on the official visit to UNC.

"[The visit] went good," Brown said. "I enjoyed myself with the football players – just had a good time."

Brown has made several visits to UNC in the past. This visit, though, gave him an opportunity to be around the team more.

"I learned a lot about the players and how the coaches treat their players, and how it becomes one big happy family," Brown said. "And I learned a lot about the academic side."

Throughout his stay, Brown hung out with several current UNC players, including host Tim Jackson, a true freshman defensive end.

"I had fun with the players," Brown said. "They showed me around campus and [I] just experienced college life – how they live. It was fun. It was incredible. Tim showed me around where the spots to be at are and where the spots not to be at are."

This weekend was also Brown's first chance to see a UNC football game live.

"The atmosphere was great," Brown said. "All the fans cheering and rooting for the team – it was live. It was fun. It was a great experience."

Throughout the visit, Brown spent time with UNC assistant coaches Charlie Coiner, Art Kaufman, and Everett Withers.

"We just went over film and the plays and schemes they run," Brown said. "They were basically telling me how the summer was going to be, how they run their defense, and everything about the defense."

Before heading home on Sunday, Brown and his family met with Butch Davis in his office.

"[He talked] basically about the football program and what the expectations are there," Brown said.

With his recruitment complete, Brown's focus now is on Britt's return to the NCHSAA 4A State Title game and the Shrine Bowl on Dec. 18.

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