Alabama Pledge Camps at UNC

In spite of his verbal commitment to Alabama, Mekhi Brown, a '15 prospect, not only attended but participated in Fedora's Freak Show a couple weeks ago.

"I wanted to get a work out in," Brown said. "That might be a school I visit my senior year when I take official visits. A lot of D-linemen have come out of North Carolina and I like the coaches, too."

In particular, Brown, a 6-foot-5, 221-pound defensive end from Columbus (Ga.) Carver, admires UNC alumni Julius Peppers and Quinton Coples.

This is the second year UNC has held Fedora's Freak Show. Brown was a part of a large crew from Carver who attended the elite camp's inaugural event last summer. For this year's edition, six Carver players representing different positions and grade levels worked out.

"I think we want to make this an annual thing, because they treat Carver with a lot of respect," Brown said. "They show a lot of love to Carver. So I wouldn't be surprised if we're back next year, too."

Speaking of love, one of Brown's teammates, Khane Pass, left Chapel Hill with a scholarship offer.

Brown had a UNC offer heading into the camp. It's one of about a dozen offers he has collected.

Unlike the year before, Brown and his teammates were given a full campus tour prior to hitting the field for camp activities.

"They showed us basically everything," Brown said. "It's a very quiet place, very up-and-coming, [and] a real good school in the ACC."

Unlike most camps, Fedora's Freak Show was held in an actual stadium, Kenan Stadium, with music blasting through its audio system and videos constantly playing on its video screens.

"The atmosphere was great and it shows they're looking for freaks," Brown said. "It was crazy. It gives you an idea of what it's like on Saturdays."

Brown didn't meet individually with any of UNC's coaches off the field, but received plenty of attention from Keith Gilmore, UNC's defensive line coach, once on the field.

"He's a good coach," Brown said. "He knows what he's talking about. He's going to have the D-line up there looking good."

Chris Kapilovic is recruiting Brown – and his teammates – for UNC. The two speak "often," according to Brown.

"He talks to me and my coaches all the time," Brown said. "He's a really good guy. Basically, he talks to me about visiting. Our most recent conversation, he asked me how the Freak Show visit went."

Brown committed to Alabama in early April – nearly two years before he's able to sign a Letter-of-Intent.

"I just felt like there's no sense in me waiting if I like the school more than all the other schools then why wouldn't I commit," Brown said. "I just felt like Alabama is the place to be. I love the fact that it's a powerhouse, its academics are good – everything is just excellent."

Since committing, Brown has camped at Alabama and Tennessee, and visited Auburn and Mississippi State. He'll return to Alabama in July and make his first visit to Florida State.

"Alabama is still my school, but I want to still check things out and I think it would be good to have a backup [plan] in case something happens," Brown said.

Brown says the Crimson Tide's coaching staff is "cool" with him visiting other schools.

"I wouldn't be going [on visits] if they didn't want me to," Brown said.

As a sophomore, Brown accumulated 50 tackles, nine sacks, four fumble recoveries, and five pass deflections.

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