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UNC Remains the Team to Beat for Four-star Athlete Dyami Brown

Dyami Brown recently visited UNC for its elite junior day.

Even as blue-blood offers continue to roll in, four-star athlete Dyami Brown says that North Carolina remains the school to beat.

"For what I want to major in, like sports management, they have a whole lot of connections with like ESPN," Brown said. "They have a pretty decent program for that. 

"And I also like the coaches."

However, a verbal commitment isn't imminent. Brown will begin considering making a pledge after April 16. And the 6-foot-1, 160-pound, Charlotte (N.C.) West Mecklenburg product says Alabama, Louisville, Michigan, Ohio State, and Virginia tech pose the greatest threat to UNC.

"I just want to take a couple more visits," Brown said. "I just have gotten the offer from Alabama and I want to stop by there first."

Brown is scheduled to visit Alabama on April 8. He also is in the process of mapping out a spring break tour that will include stops to Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State.

Before making a verbal commitment, Brown says he'll return to UNC, though nothing has been set. He last visited for its exclusive junior day on March 4.

"It was ran pretty smooth," Brown said of the junior day. "The junior day [activities] were a surprise to me -- I didn't know we were going to be doing all that. I thought it was going to be like a regular junior day, but they kind of took it further."

In particular, Brown liked when the UNC coaching staff peppered him -- and other attendees -- with goofy and unique questions.

"One question was, 'What would be your favorite route to score on,'" Brown said. "And then there was, 'Describe yourself in three words.' And, 'If I had to go on vacation, where would I go?'"

All in all, the event resembled more of a party than a traditional junior day, Brown says.

"It was pretty good for me, because instead of just sitting there with just one position coach, you could pretty much get to know everybody and get to talk to everybody," Brown said. "If I go [to UNC], I'll already know how they are, who I have to deal with, and just keep a bond with all the coaches."

The night's main event, of course, was UNC's basketball win over archrival Duke.

"It was amazing," Brown said. "Everybody was into the game. It was a good game going back and forth. I'd say the only problem was we had to stand up every five seconds, because you couldn't see because the people in front of you were standing up. That's a good thing, because I know they're into their sports."

Unlike most junior day visitors, Brown and his brother, Khafre, arrived on campus early enough to catch that day's practice.

"It was pretty intense," Brown said. "Both sides of the ball were competing. They were pretty much doing a review of everything; they were going over the fundamentals and pretty much the basics of what they're running." 

Although he watched the receivers out of the corner of his eye, Brown's focus for much of the practice was the DB group -- primarily to evaluate new secondary coach, Terry Joseph.

"I know he's new and he just got there, so I wanted to check out what he did," Brown said. "He just wants you to play fast and physical, from what I've seen."

For West Mecklenburg, Brown stars at wide receiver and free safety. He concluded his junior season with 49 tackles and three interceptions on defense. Offensively, he caught 54 passes for 1,012 yards and a dozen touchdowns, and carried the ball 43 times for 314 yards and a couple more scores.


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