CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- North Carolina's turnover at its defensive line coach position has slowed its recruitment of Elijah Brown. But the 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive tackle from Providence Day still has collected a trio of in-state offers.
"Elijah is a guy whose ceiling is super high," Providence Day head coach Adam Hastings said. "You don't really find defensive tackles that have his body frame -- 6-4, 290 [pounds]. And he can play -- he uses his hands well and he understands technique. He's going to grow as a player.
"Off the field, he really brings a lot to the team. There are some guys you question how they're going to transition to college, [but] there's not question on him. He really checks out. He's a great leader on our team."
As soon as he stepped foot on campus as a freshman, Brown became one of Providence Day's starting defensive ends. He was moved to defensive tackle the subsequent offseason to fill a void.
This past season, Brown was an NCISAA D-I All-State selection. He finished the year with 70 tackles, including seven for a loss and six sacks.
Three in-state schools have offered Brown a scholarship: East Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest.
North Carolina has expressed interest, but the transition at the defensive line coach position (from Tray Scott to Deke Adams) has impeded its recruitment of Brown. Area recruiter Gunter Brown invited Brown to UNC's first junior day back in late January to introduce him to Adams. But, Brown was out of town with family. To compensate, Brown plans to attend a UNC junior day in late March.
Last June, Brown camped at UNC under the guidance of former D-line coach Tray Scott.
"It was a pretty good experience," Brown said. "I really got a really good look at their indoor facilities and their practice fields. I went on a walk around the campus after the camp with some of the other prospects."
In the fall, Brown attended games at Clemson, NC State, and Wake Forest. He recently returned to the two in-state schools for junior days.
"NC State has really caught my eye, because I really got a good look at their campus and facilities," Brown said. "Once I get to see more of all the other schools, that could change."
In addition to his return to UNC in March, Brown is working on spring trips to East Carolina and Notre Dame.
Brown is a self-professed "big" UNC fan. "At my old house, I had my room painted Carolina Blue and a big Tar Heel sign in it," Brown said... Brown used to play basketball at Providence Day, but now focuses solely on football... Brown is considering pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.