CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- North Carolina was the first school to offer Khafre Brown, a speedster from West Mecklenburg High. Other Power 5 schools quickly followed suit. But, UNC's early tender has contributed to the 6-foot-1, 165-pound wide receiver making ten times as many visits to its campus than any other school.
"He's a real dynamic player, one who can make plays at any time," West Mecklenburg head coach Jarvis Davis said. "He's a guy who just loves the game and loves to compete day to day. He's just a guy who you love to have on your team."
After being eight-quartered (a junior varsity player who dresses for varsity games) as a freshman, Brown became a varsity starter at wide receiver and returner this past season.
"We just try to get him balls in areas where he will be successful and make plays," Davis said. "I know any time he touches the ball, he can do big things with it, so we just always try to have something for him."
That's exactly what Brown did. He finished the 2016 season with 33 receptions for 808 yards and a dozen touchdowns -- that's 24.5 yards a catch. He also averaged 24.5 yards on four rushes and led West Meck in kick returning (18.5-yard average). Those numbers would have been much higher had a knee injury not ended his season nine games in.
Last October, Gunter Brewer, who recruits the Queen City for North Carolina, made an evaluation visit to West Mecklenburg. Before leaving, he offered Brown a scholarship.
"It meant a lot," Brown said. "It was my first offer. It was real big to me."
Scholarship offers from Michigan, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech soon followed.
Many of the schools that have offered Brown have offered his older brother, Dyami. The elder Brown, a 2018 recruit, is eyeing a spring decision. Khafre says he "might" follow Dyami.
"I don't really know if [his commitment] is going to have a big impact," Brown said. "I'm just trying to find a school that's the best fit for me."
Not to diminish Dyami's impact, but Brown's track career could play a bigger role in his college decision. Brown has been running track since he was four years old. He owns a few impressive personal bests: a 10.55-second 100-meter dash, a 21.25-second 200-meter dash, and a 23-foot-6 long jump.
"I'm trying to find a school where they'll let me play football and run track," Brown said. "Some [schools] told me that I could do both, but the rest haven't really talked about it."
The amount of visits Brown has made to UNC is well into the double digits. He plans to increase that total further when he, along with his older brother, return to Chapel Hill on March 4 for the junior day held in conjunction with the UNC-Duke basketball game.
"It's going to be a great game," Brown said. "I think it will be a good experience for me to see the atmosphere of the campus, outside of the football game."
Besides UNC, Brown has visited Georgia and South Carolina.
Khafre is pronounced CHA-free... In addition to football and track, Brown plays basketball at West Mecklenburg... Brown grew up an Oregon fan.