Brown Lists Heels as Leader

With their 2006 commitment list just about full, most of North Carolina's unofficial visitors for each home game have been verbal commits. However, this past weekend, the Tar Heels' coaching staff extended a special invitation to Tavares Brown, one of the team's top remaining recruits.

"I didn't make it," said Brown. "My birthday was Friday and our game kept getting postponed because of the weather. I didn't get to go to bed until 2 o'clock that morning."

Brown, a 6-foot, 260-pound defensive lineman from Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond, was able to enjoy the Tar Heels' 7-5 win over Virginia in the privacy of his own home.

"I liked it," said Brown. "I liked their style of play. Virginia had a good quarterback [Marques Hagans] and Carolina contained him."

North Carolina has been jousting NC State for Brown's leadership position since the Tar Heels extended the lineman an offer back in August. But it looks like the UNC coaching staff might have created a decent size gap the last few weeks.

"I'll put it that way [that they are my leader]," said Brown. "With their coaches, I kind of have a bond with them. I can look at their staff and I can name like three or four coaches that I really actually talk to and I feel like I know. Also, I like their kind of scheme of play – the defense they run."

After lightning forced a few stoppages, Richmond Senior walked away with a sloppy 18-6 victory over Fayetteville Seventy-First Friday night. Brown contributed 12 tackles (6 solo), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery towards the win. That brings his season's tackle total up to 72 (49 solo).

In September, Brown was on hand for the Tar Heels' season opener against Wisconsin. Although he had yet to speak with the coaching staff about it, he said he definitely plans to reschedule his trip to Chapel Hill.

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