Heels Co-Leaders For Tavares Brown

With more than 20 verbal commitments, one might think North Carolina's recruiting efforts would slow down as they wait for the chips to fall with the uncommitted recruits who possess UNC offers. That's not the case, however, as the Tar Heels continue to extend scholarship offers.

"They offered me right before our first game when I went up there [in August]," said Tavares Brown. "I went up for one of their practices and they offered me then," he said. "I like the atmosphere at Carolina. The coaching staff is really good. I like Coach [John] Bunting and the defensive coordinator, Coach [Marvin] Sanders. He's a great guy.

"They are trying to get 27 [signees]. I told them I wanted to wait until after football season to commit because I didn't want the situation to get me distracted during my senior season. They haven't really given me a deadline."

Brown, a 6-foot, 260-pounder from Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond, also claims offers from N.C. State and Maryland. All three schools are recruiting him as a combo defensive tackle/defensive end.

To get a better look at the North Carolina program, Brown was among the recruits in attendance for the Tar Heels' home opener this past weekend.

"They came out hard," said Brown. "It was a good game. The defense was really good but the offense kind of let them down. I think they will come around.

"They lost, but one game isn't going to change my thoughts about a school. I talked to Coach [John] Bunting, and really all of the coaches."

Brown has also unofficially visited N.C. State when they hosted Virginia Tech in their home opener. For the time being, Brown is done with unofficial visits and will try to begin to schedule his official visits.

"Right now I'm going to wait for official visits and set a couple of them up," said Brown. "I want to visit Tennessee and Georgia. I'd like to take an official visit to N.C. State and Carolina again just to get to see how it is for an official visit. Maybe East Carolina, too - Coach [Ed] Emory said I should take a visit up there so I might take a visit there for him."

The visits will help Brown reestablish a leader, as his former leader isn't showing him serious interest.

"Tennessee was my leader, but it seems like they backed off," said Brown. "Coach [Dan] Brooks came down here not too long ago. I can't really say who my favorite is because they've always been my favorite. Looks like I'm looking at the Carolina schools right now – N.C. State and North Carolina … North Carolina and N.C. State are my two favorites now."

Brown should get a close up view of both teams as he is planning on attending the UNC-NCSU game this weekend. So who will he pull for?

"(Laughing) I will pull for both teams equally," he said. "I plan on taking official visits to both schools but not until after the season."

Brown's main focus right now is his senior season and helping perennial powerhouse Richmond reach the NCHSAA 4A Championship. The Raiders are off to a 4-0 start, while Brown has stockpiled 29 tackles including 20 solo and two sacks.

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