2016 Target: Jeremiah Brown

HIGH POINT, N.C. --- Jeremiah Brown’s ability, including his track speed, earned an invitation to Fedora’s Freak Show last summer. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound wide receiver from Southwest Guilford remains a high target for the Tar Heels, while a couple of other FBS prospects have offered.

“He’s a big asset,” Southwest head coach Eric Rainey said. “He can stretch the field.

“He came in this year and did a great job in the secondary. He’s not a true DB, but he’s real long and ended up having two picks. He also had a lot of plus-20 kickoff returns. So he’s a very versatile football player for us.”

Prep Career

Brown began his freshman year on varsity, but after Southwest dropped three of its first four games he was demoted to JV along with most of the freshman and sophomore class.

The following season, Brown not only remained on varsity but became a starting receiver catching 12 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns. He tripled those numbers (46 receptions for 830 yards and ten touchdowns) as a junior.

“He’s hard to cover because most people know him from track so they know he can run and stretch the field and so he’s going to command a cushion,” Rainey said. “And so we throw a lot of rhythm routes and he’ll get seven-eight-nine-ten yards a reception, because they’re playing off since they don’t want to get beat deep. Even though he can stretch the field, he’s even more valuable in our intermediate short passing game because he’s going to be open.”


Brown camped at North Carolina last June and impressed the Tar Heels’ coaching staff enough to earn an invitation to Fedora’s Freak Show.

“Coach Brewer told me to call him after the camp and that’s when he invited me,” Brown said. “I was a little nervous but I knew there was going to be real good competition and I was ready for it.”

Brown received the truly unique perspective to compare a typical UNC camp to a Fedora’s Freak Show.

“I’d say the Freak Show is more like a visit than a camp really,” Brown said. “At a camp, you get more individual work.

“But at the Freak Show, you work out for less time. And before it, you’re like bonding with the team in their game room for a good hour. And then you talk to the coach before you even go work out. The actual camp was real fun being in [Kenan] Stadium with the loud music – it gets your adrenaline going.”

Neither camp performance has resulted in an offer from UNC.

“[Chris Kapilovic] said they have to wait, because they’re only taking one receiver in my class,” Brown said. “So, they have to wait to see how their roster is going to look.”

“They just want to be sure it’s the right fit,” Rainey said. “They like everything pretty much they see with Jeremiah. Of course, he has to put some weight on. I think there’s a good chance that they will offer.”

Brown has collected scholarship offers from Old Dominion and Wake Forest. Additionally, each of the in-state ACC schools – plus Clemson and Louisville – has expressed a strong interest.

“Coach [Robbie] Caldwell at Clemson, is really high on him,” Rainey said. “They really like his track speed and they have a lot of guys that do both track and football.”

Besides UNC, Brown has visited Charlotte, Clemson, Duke, NC State, and Wake Forest. He’s considering a return to Duke this weekend.

Wake Forest has the early lead for Brown.

“They’re recruiting me the hardest out of everybody,” Brown said. “They came and saw me like every week [during the Evaluation Period]. They’re on me really hard.”

Extra Notes

Brown is second in the state in the indoor 300-meter dash. His personal best time is 35.1 seconds. In the spring, he runs the 200- and 400-meter dashes and has personal best times for 22.1 and 48.7 seconds, respectively… Brown’s father is originally from Florida and thus grew up a Gator fan. That allegiance has been passed down to Brown.

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