In an Inside Carolina interview on Sunday, Brown spoke highly of the Tar Heel program - naming them his leader - but said he wasn't ready to commit. What changed?
"I don't know what it was," Emory said. "He came in to me yesterday afternoon and said 'I made my decision.'
"I had to back up a little bit because me being a East Carolina graduate I told him three year's ago the only thing I want you to do is visit East Carolina," Emory added. "He came and asked me if he could get out of that commitment. I said 'Yeah, I want you to be happy and go where you want to go.' He's a real serious kid and he's a deep thinker. And he said that's where he wanted to go.
"He said he wanted to make a commitment and didn't want anybody to know it. I said there is no way you can make a commitment and have nobody know it. ... I said he need to go ahead and do it, because Carolina is loading up pretty good."
Brown also had scholarship offers from NC State and Maryland.
"Every time he made a trip up there, they made him feel at home," Emory said. "Coach Hunter did a great job on him and they done it the proper way. He doesn't want anything to [interfere with] the team here and he wants to make a run at a conference championship and then the state championship. He didn't want anything to interfere with the football team, because the football team comes first."
He is ranked No. 21 in the state by Scout.com and has been selected to play in the Shrine Bowl.
"With their coaches, I kind of have a bond with them," Brown said Sunday about the UNC staff. "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."
Thus far this season, Brown has recorded 72 tackles (49 solo), 1 pass breakup, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 5 sacks, and 3 hurries. Emory highlighted his star's versatility.
"I just think he's a football player. He can play nose, 1-technique, 3-, 5-, 7-, 9-, he can play any of those positions, he can play tight end, he can play center -- he's just a football player.
"Here, basically he's played defense for three years -- started for three years on defense. all-conference two years, he'll be all-conference this year, preseason all-state -- he's just a heck of a kid."
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