Shrine Bowl: Brown Dispels Rumors

ROEBUCK, S.C. -- The recruiting world is often filled with the constant flow of rumors. Tavares Brown has seen that first hand as the firmness of his verbal commitment to North Carolina has recently come into question.

"[The rumors] aren't true," said Brown. "I heard that from somebody ‘I heard you're supposed to be going to N.C. State.' I'm like ‘No, I'm a firm commitment to UNC.' That's where I'm going. My thoughts haven't changed."

Brown, a 6-foot, 260-pound defensive lineman from Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond, will only officially visit North Carolina, but might not have time to even make that trip, let alone visiting elsewhere.

"I got an official with UNC and I don't know if I'll be able to even take that one with wrestling," said Brown. "One of the biggest wrestling tournaments is the weekend of my official visit [to North Carolina on January 13th]."

This week, the Shrine Bowl is what's currently taking up Brown's time. Brown is presently competing for a staring role at either of the two defensive tackle positions or nose guard.

"We've got the six best defensive tackles in the state and we're all competing hard," said Brown. "We all want to play. If I don't start, I don't start. If I do, I do. I'll have fun and play a hard game, but my goal here is to come to start."

Among Brown's competition includes Scout.com four-star recruit Aleric Mullins, Georgia commit Ricardo Crawford, and fellow UNC commit Morgan Randall.

In preparation for Saturday's Shrine Bowl – and the rest of his football career, Brown attempts to battle All-American offensive lineman Carl Johnson every opportunity he gets.

"I told Carl Johnson, ‘I want to play against you,'" said Brown. "I want to practice against the best. I want to show the coaches I can play against the best and that's my way of showing it – always lining up against Carl Johnson."

Thus far, Brown has held his own against one of the nation's best.

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