Brown: 'I'm Ready'

With his National Letter-of-Intent faxed, North Carolina signee Devonte Brown is prepared to get the next stage of his football career started.

"I'm excited as well as nervous," Brown said. "But I'm ready and I'm happy."

Brown, a 6-foot-4, 279-pound defensive tackle from Fayetteville (N.C.) Britt, verbally committed to UNC during his lone official visit – something he didn't expect to do.

"I just asked God to help me make my decision," Brown said. "He gave me an answer, so I committed right then and there.

"When I got there [on the visit] I got the feeling. I felt comfortable, I felt safe, I felt all-around good, and I felt like this is the place I want to be at."

It was the family atmosphere that sold Brown.

"The family support that's there, as well as I feel like if I get hurt I have a quality education to fall back on," Brown said. "I feel like I can learn a lot from that [football] staff, because Coach [Butch] Davis is a defensive coach."

Although he never admitted it publicly, Brown admits now that he was leaning towards UNC a few months before making his verbal commitment.

Throughout the process, Brown collected scholarship offers from approximately 20 schools, including Florida, Clemson, NC State, as well as UNC.

The past couple of weeks, Brown has been working on establishing a relationship with Brian Baker, UNC's newly hired defensive line coach.

"[Our relationship] is getting stronger and stronger every day as we get to know each other better," Brown said. "I feel good about my coach."

Regarding qualifying, Brown says he's "clear and ready to go."

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