Heels offer Georgia DT

To the relief of his opponents, Georgia standout Neil Brown has only played one out of his team's three games. To the pleasure of the UNC faithful, the 6-foot-2, 255-pound defensive tackle recently added the Tar Heels to his ever-growing list of offers and considers them a contender.

Now don't worry Heel fans, the injury sustained is just a minor hamstring pull that should have only kept Brown out of one game. However, the Buford High School coaching staff chose to sit Brown one extra game to ensure that their star lineman would be well rested for their big game against highly touted Greater Atlanta Christian.

The game in which Brown participated, he posted a total of seven tackles (four for a loss) and two quarterback hurries. His ability to constantly cause disruption in opposing backfields is a product of his speed (4.84 forty-yard dash time) and strength (325 bench press max), which is drawing some comparisons to Tampa Bay's Warren Sapp, minus the cockiness.

"Style-wise, I probably say I'm a little like Warren Sapp," stated Brown modestly. "I'm quick and also very physical."

Along with the Tar Heels, Brown lists Nebraska, Wake Forest, Louisville, Vanderbilt, and Indiana as his favorites with location playing a big role in UNC's current stance.

"I like the location (of UNC). I used to live in Greensboro in middle school," said Brown who has also lived in Colorado.

Brown's offer sheet includes playing as either a defensive tackle or center and is compromised of his favorites plus Middle Tennessee, Duke, Mississippi, Mississippi State, BYU, UAB, Connecticut, and Central Florida.

Indiana and Nebraska seem to have a slight edge as both coaching staffs are trying to iron out a date for an official visit.

"I have been talking to Indiana about (an official visit) and Nebraska but I haven't really set any permanent dates."

Brown still claims his complete openness, but plans to narrow his list down relatively soon.

"I don't really have a top ten," claimed Brown, "but I'm trying to narrow it down by maybe late season."

The academics of a school, of course, are a major factor, but the school's tradition out weighs their current success (or lack there of) in Brown's final decision.

"I will go with tradition over how well a team is doing this year because anyone can have a down year."

Early playing time might not be a factor in his decision as Brown sees the benefits of redshirting and playing as a true freshman.

"I kind of want to play as a freshman, but I kind of want to redshirt, because there are so many more things you are capable of doing when you redshirt," Brown proclaims, "you get used to the practices and you get another free year of education."

Buford is loaded with talent annually, and this season is no different with teammate, linebacker Zack Smith, recently committing to Duke. If the Heels could get a pickup from this defensive tackle it could go a long way to help area recruiter Gunter Brewer at the school.

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