UNC Football Class of 2016 Signee: RB Jordon Brown

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at the Tar Heel signee.

BIO: Enrolled at UNC in January • Member of North Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team • Helped lead Southern Durham to a 12-4 record and the NCHSAA 3AA state championship game before falling to Shelby Crest • Played quarterback in the state championship game and threw for one touchdown and ran for two more • As a senior, ran for 1,705 yards and 26 touchdowns on 268 carries • Also had 29 catches for 505 yards and eight scores • As a junior, he had 950 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns and 550 yards receiving and eight touchdowns • Rushed for 753 yards and scored 13 touchdowns as a sophomore, while also catching 23 passes for 415 yards and three scores • As a sophomore, scored the state championship game-winning TD on an 80-yard catch-and-run in the final moments to lift Southern Durham to a 38-31 win over Crest


RECRUITMENT: Despite growing up a Tar Heel fan and then making countless trips to the school during his junior year, Brown avoided naming UNC – or any schools – his favorite. He continued with that methodology during the ensuing summer, but did reveal in July that UNC, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Wake Forest, and West Virginia were “sticking out.” The three Carolina schools on that list eventually separated themselves from the pack. Before Southern began the 2015 season, he pledged to UNC.

WHY CAROLINA: “I think they have the best combination of the things I’m looking for in a school, which are the opportunity to play early, the opportunity to win, and great academics. I felt they had the best balance between those three things. Coach Porter said he had turned away other running backs just waiting for me to commit. But he felt like he got to the point where he was going to have to start accepting running backs when they tried to commit. And I decided that I wanted the opportunity to be the only running back that they brought in this class.”

EVALUATION: At 5-foot-11 and 186 pounds, Brown is a narrowly built running back, who uses quick feet and balance to maneuver between the tackles. Once in the open field, he has the speed (4.56-second electric-timed 40) to finish the play in the end zone. Though he’s a terrific receiver out of the backfield, he’s also comfortable lining up in the slot and running intermediate routes.

HS COACH QUOTES: "This kid is going to be special. Jordan Brown can basically do anything that you ask of him. He's a truly talented, smart athlete. He can carry the ball out of the backfield in between the tackles. He can catch swing passes. He can even throw the ball, because he has a baseball background and a real good arm. If I need him to play defense, he's not afraid to go down and make contact. We had him on special teams because he's one of our better tacklers. He's a kid that doesn't complain and just goes and accomplishes his job.” — Darius Robinson, Southern HS

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: After signing Elijah Hood and Ty’Son Williams in the past two recruiting classes, the UNC staff coveted a more versatile ‘back for its 2016 haul. More accurately, the staff desired an RB who could comfortably split out wide and be a receiving threat… Read the full subscriber-only report

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