North Carolina verbal commitment Jordon Brown hasn’t completely ruled out visiting other schools. But, he acknowledges that the likelihood of such visits occurring is remote.
“I’ll be pretty busy coming up,” Brown said. “I may [visit other schools] if I have some time, but I’m not sure I will. The window is closing [before I enroll], so I’ll probably won’t. The odds are probably slim that I will.”
Brown, a 5-foot-11, 186-pound running back from Durham (N.C.) Southern, plans to enroll at UNC in January.
Due to proximity – plus a near three-month commitment to the school –Brown has visited UNC countless times. Thus, his official visit over the weekend was essentially a formality.
“I didn’t really do anything new,” Brown said. “It was just good to go over there and talk to the coaches again. It was good to talk to them about the season and see how I fit in.”
The plan remains unchanged. UNC expects to use Brown as a running back, who will double as an A-back – similar to how T.J. Logan is used.
“With me, they just feel like I give them an extra weapon on offense, because they have so many and they’re not really losing anybody,” Brown said. “They just feel like I’ll just help add depth and give them another guy that could make plays on the offensive side of the ball.”
UNC’s running back depth chart will see departures the next couple of seasons. Romar Morris will exhaust his eligibility after this season, while Khris Francis and T.J. Logan do the same after the 2017 season. Also, there’s always the possibility that starter Elijah Hood declares early for the NFL Draft.
“They’ve talked about my role just increasing over the years,” Brown said. “But for the freshman year, they’re only talking about the A-back position being something that they’re looking for me to do.”
The lone running back who isn’t expected to depart the next two seasons, Ty’Son Williams, served as Brown’s player host for the weekend.
“He’s a pretty cool guy,” Brown said. “I’ve met him before, so it was someone that I was comfortable talking to. I knew he was going to tell me the truth about what’s going on at North Carolina and how he feels about the program. And he’s a freshman, so he’s closest to me in years in the program.”
Brown’s official visit ended with a meeting with Larry Fedora.
“He asked me how things were going,” Brown said. “He just reemphasized to me that he’s looking forward to me being there and being a part of what they’re building. He plans on winning championships at Carolina and he’s looking forward to me being a part of that.”
Brown won’t make UNC’s home finale against Miami on Saturday. But, he’ll watch it on TV – like other UNC games he didn’t catch in person.
“I’m really impressed by how they’ve preformed [this season],” Brown said. “I know before the season they felt they were going to have a pretty good team. And right now they could very easily be undefeated. They’ve really been playing well this season. The defense has been playing pretty well and the offense has been putting up a lot of points. The future is looking pretty good.”
Brown leads Southern into the playoffs this Friday beginning with Chapel Hill (N.C.) High, a team they beat earlier this season. On the year, Brown has rushed for 1,376 yards and 20 touchdowns on 197 carries – good for a 7-yard average.