CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- North Carolina got the ball rolling for Dyami Brown. Now, the 6-foot-1, 160-pound 2018 athlete holds seven scholarship offers.
“Great player, great kid,” West Mecklenburg head coach Jarvis Davis said. “He’s very exciting. He can do anything on the field – he does offense and defense [for us]. So, anywhere we need him, we put him. I’ve actually played him at outside linebacker to blitz and he just totally changes the complex of the game and the speed of the game. You can’t replicate speed and that’s what he has. He has height and speed.”
When Jalan McClendon graduated after the 2013 season (and continued his career at NC State), it left a huge void at quarterback for West Mecklenburg. Fortunately, Brown arrived and was immediately plugged into that hole. He also started at safety.
With a freshman quarterback, West Meck posted a 2-9 win-loss record in 2014. Brown built upon that experience in 2015 improving to 5-7 and making the playoffs.
“I’m not trying to put him at quarterback [this coming season],” Davis said. “I want to have him at wideout and be able to put him at different places to show his talent.
“But, if need be, we will [play him at quarterback, because] he could do a lot of things back there. You want your best player to have the ball in his hands.”
After months of conversations between Davis and North Carolina assistant coach Gunter Brewer, UNC offered Brown a scholarship in early April.
“I know [Brewer] wanted to be the first to offer him, which they were,” Davis said. “They’ve seen his talent. They’ve seen him on tape and they’ve seen him doing great things… And the way they run their program, [Brown] is a great fit because he’s a great kid. He meets all the requirements as far as being dedicated to the program and working hard.”
In a little over a month since, offers have rolled in from Duke, Louisville, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.
Brown’s greatest unknown is his future position. Brewer, for example, is recruiting him simply as an “athlete.” Davis believes Brown’s future is either defensive back or receiver.
“I think it’s up for grabs,” Davis said. “I know a lot of schools have been recruiting him for ‘athlete.’ All that means is they can play him anywhere.”
In each of the past two seasons, Brown has attended a game in Kenan Stadium. Two years ago, it was UNC’s season finale against NC State. Last year, it was the Tar Heels’ rout of Wake Forest.
“They showed a lot of love,” Brown said. “The atmosphere and the environment that they have, they really built into their football program now, like how they are in basketball. They are really into it.”
Brown plans to return to UNC this summer for a camp.
Besides UNC, Brown attended Virginia Tech’s spring game and a Duke junior day.
Although he lacks favorites at this stage of his recruitment, Brown possesses a favorable opinion of UNC.
“[UNC] is a great place to be,” Brown said. “Even if I couldn’t play, they’d still help me out with school. And when I graduate, they’ll at least help me find a job, based off my degree.”
Brown is from Williamsburg, Va. His family moved to Charlotte in 2005 when he was six years old... As such, he grew up a Virginia Tech fan. But, as he got older he rooted for Oregon… In addition to football, Brown plays basketball and runs track for West Meck. In the upcoming regional track meet, he hopes to place in the 200-meter dash and 4x100 relay.