Ohio DE to Visit UNC

Pharaoh Brown plans to include North Carolina among his summer visit stops.

"I'm pretty interested in [UNC]," Brown said. "I plan on getting down there and seeing everything. I'm looking forward to coming down."

Brown, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound jumbo athlete from Lyndhurst (Ohio) Brush, is in the process of planning a school tour that would also include Cincinnati, Duke, NC State, and Pittsburgh.

"I don't know the exact date [I'll visit UNC], but I think it's in early June," Brown said. "Coach [Kevin] Houchins and I, we're doing a big circuit [of visits]. I think we're going to visit five [or] six colleges in that area."

Thus far, Brown has visited Michigan, Notre Dame, and Pittsburgh. He'll travel to Ohio State on Saturday.

According to Brown, UNC offered him a scholarship about a week ago.

"I talked to one of the UNC coaches – I believe it was Coach [Joe] Robinson," Brown said. "He was talking about how they were impressed with my highlight film and that they like me. So they wanted to offer me."

On Wednesday evening, Brown had a second conversation with Robinson, who made an evaluation trip to Brush High School earlier that day.

"I learned a little bit more about [UNC]," Brown said. "[Robinson] was talking about the school, the facilities, the stadium renovations, and the scheme they run. It sounded really good. I want to get down to see it with my eyes."

UNC is primarily recruiting Brown as a defensive end. However, the coaching staff hasn't ruled out playing him at tight end.

Roughly two dozen schools have verbally offered Brown a scholarship. Highlighting his list of offers are Arizona State, Colorado, Boston College, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, NC State, and Syracuse.

Most schools project Brown as a defensive end. However, colleges that employ a spread offense – including Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Oregon, and Syracuse – see him as a tight end. Brown has no position preference.

Brown doesn't claim any favorite schools.

"At first when I only had ten offers, Michigan was my favorite," Brown said. "But then I got a whole bunch more. So I decided to open it up."

Brown is aiming to make a verbal commitment before his senior football season begins.

"I want to commit [early], just in case I get hurt – God forbid," Brown said. "I'm trying to play my cards right."

To lessen the difficulty of the decision, Brown plans to narrow his focus to a manageable list of five to ten schools.

"I'm looking for somewhere where I can fit in as a person and player," Brown said. "I'm just listening to what everybody has to offer me."

After taking a hiatus from football during his sophomore year, Brown became a two-way starter last season.

"I actually quit football my sophomore year," Brown said. "I came out for my junior year and I was going to quit [again] in the beginning of my junior year, but I decided to stick with it.

"Stuff wasn't going right [prior to my sophomore season]. I had just transferred into Brush. They had me on JV and I knew I was better than the people ahead of me. I got tired of sitting on the bench.

Brown's decision to "stick with it" resulted in a breakout season. He registered 49 tackles, including 13 for a loss, three pass breakups, and two forced fumbles.

"Pharaoh is a very athletic defensive end," Houchins said. "To be honest with you, he could play tight end, too. From an athletic standpoint, he's a kid who could come in and contribute to a program right away, at least on special teams. He may be able to contribute immediately at tight end, because he's so long. He's 6-6, almost 6-7, but may have a 6-9 wing span."

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