DURHAM, N.C. --- Jordon Brown has been verbally committed to North Carolina for nearly a month.
“It feels good,” Brown said. “I still feel great about the decision. I’m looking forward to being a Tar Heel.”
Shortly after making the pledge, Brown, a 5-foot-11, 186-pound running back from Southern Durham, said it was still a possibility he could officially visit other schools. That notion has become more remote.
“I’m not sure,” Brown said. “I haven’t planned anything and I don’t have anything scheduled.”
Furthermore, Brown hasn’t spoken to other schools since making his commitment.
Considering his proximity, Brown unsurprisingly plans to regularly attend UNC home games beginning with Saturday’s home opener. He’s also looking forward to the UNC-Duke game on Nov. 7.
“It’s always a big game – kind of like [Southern vs. Hillside],” Brown said. “The stadium is always packed and it’s always a good game.”
Last Thursday, Brown attended Southern’s JV game. Thus, he was only able to catch the last quarter and a half of UNC’s season-opener against South Carolina.
“I felt Carolina played really well on defense,” Brown said. “And the offense played well, but turnovers kill you.”
Brown did see enough of the Thursday’s game to evaluate how UNC used T.J. Logan and Romar Morris – which is exactly how the Tar Heels’ staff plans on utilizing Brown.
“That’s something I could see myself doing there,” Brown said. “They did a good job of spreading the ball around.”
Brown was used similarly on Friday during Southern’s victory over rival Hillside in the third annual Bull City Classic.
“I think I played alright, but it’s more about the team,” Brown said.
Brown rushed for just 67 yards on 19 carries, but he scored three touchdowns. His second touchdown might have been the highlight of the game – a 47-yard touchdown pass (yes, a pass) when Brown took a toss and a defense, which had keyed on him all evening, converged. It was his first pass since middle school.
“Other than [middle school], I’ve done it in practice, but that’s not something I’m used to doing [in games],” Brown said with a laugh. “I can throw pretty well, but they leave me in the backfield to run it.”
Brown’s 3.5-yard average might have been pedestrian, but his three touchdowns were enough to win the game’s MVP. More importantly, it helped Southern secure a convincing 39-28 win.
“It’s definitely a big win,” Brown said. “We came out and set a tone early, we really jumped out on them, and we kept the lead on them and did a great job not taking the foot off the gas.”