Brown visits UNC, Duke and adds Auburn

One of the more unpredictable prospects for the class of 2004 had a very busy weekend. Defensive lineman Neil Brown of Buford (Ga.) HS, visited Duke on Friday and Saturday and then headed to Chapel Hill on Sunday and Monday. Brown wasn't able to mingle among the blue chip prospects that visited UNC on Friday and Saturday, but he was able to do something they didn't have the chance to do.

"I went to the North Carolina-Georgia Tech basketball game," stated the 6-1, 248-pound two-star prospect. "Then I just had the regular meetings with the coaches and the academic advisor."

During these coaching meetings, Brown was able to discuss what the Tar Heel coaching staff had in store for the D-lineman. They also gave Brown a "heads up" with what was going on with other recruits and how it could possibly affect him.

"The D-line coach told me that I could probably play either end or tackle," Brown said. "Coach Bunting said that I'm running out of time with all the people committing they are starting to fill up."

The visit hasn't affected his leader board whatsoever. However, a new team has jump in and a new visit has been planned.

"I have no leaders, but I have a top six," remarked Brown. "I had a top five, but I was offered by Auburn today. They were pretty high on my list but I couldn't really put them there because I didn't have an offer from them."

Brown, like many other prospects, is planning on waiting until all visits have been taken before making a decision. He has, however, determined what factors would weigh in the most come decision time.

"The atmosphere; you got to like where you are at or you won't be able to focus. The coaching staff; I want to go somewhere where hopefully I don't have to go through what some of the players at Duke or Nebraska had to go through with their head coach being fired. The players; that is how I find out all the negatives, so I guess how I bond with the players."

The Georgian, formerly from Greensboro, N.C., is in the midst of his official visits trip with three down and two to go.

"I visited Duke right before my trip (to Chapel Hill). I took a visit to Michigan State November 21st. I'm going to Tennessee this weekend (January 16th) and Alabama on the 30th (of January)."


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