N.J. Athlete Considering UNC Visit

Noah Brown is attempting to schedule a trip to North Carolina very soon.

"I'm definitely very interested," Brown said. "I'm trying to get down there pretty soon. I'm heading that direction this weekend for my brother's graduation and he goes to college in North Carolina. So I'm trying to see if I could leave to get down [to UNC] on Tuesday morning, but I'm not sure yet."

Brown's brother will graduate from Gardner-Webb on Monday.

Brown, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound athlete from Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII, first heard from UNC in early April.

"My coach had texted me to call Coach [Keith] Gilmore," Brown said. "And he offered me over the phone. He said they loved my tape and saw that I'm a playmaker, a very versatile player, and just that I'm a player that can change the program."

Brown says that his communication with Gilmore has become more frequent recently. The two spoke over the phone on Monday and Wednesday nights.

"He really said the type of running back I could be could really take them to the next level," Brown said. "He said they don't really have any bigger ‘backs that can bring in speed and power."

Brown says his knowledge of UNC is limited.

"I know they're a great academic school, they have a beautiful campus – but that's really all I know," Brown said. "I don't know much about their football program – it's something I'll have to look into."

Approximately 15 schools have offered Brown a scholarship, including Michigan State, Nebraska, South Florida, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Most schools see Brown as either a running back or wide receiver. Some schools have simply labeled him an "athlete," while West Virginia likes him as a safety.

"I'm pretty open to wide receiver and running back," Brown said. "I definitely prefer the offense side of the ball."

Brown has primarily played wide receiver for Pope John XXIII. However, last season the team installed a package that had him line up at running back. That package became so successful that the team used it more often as the season wore on. He ended the year with 630 yards and six touchdowns on 41 receptions, and 847 yards and 14 scores on 98 rushes.

Brown doesn't claim any favorite schools.

"Right now, I don't really have any that are sticking out," Brown said. "I'm just trying to get out and visit, and get all the information I need to really cut my list down."

Brown has already visited Boston College, Penn State, Ohio State, Rutgers, Temple, and Virginia Tech. In addition to UNC, he is working on planning trips to Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.

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