Brown a 'Classic Overachiever'

When Tavares Brown approached his head football coach, Ed Emory, about reneging on their agreement of visiting East Carolina before verbally committing, Emory obliged immediately. Knowing Brown's independent nature, Emory knew Brown was 100 percent sure of his decision to attend UNC.

"With me being a East Carolina graduate and loving East Carolina I would like for him to visit there, but he felt like [North Carolina] was the place he wanted to go," said Emory. "He's like my son and I just want him to be happy."

Brown, a 6-foot 260-pound defensive lineman from Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond Senior, officially became apart of North Carolina's 2006 recruiting class at 8:05 – the time his National Letter of Intent was faxed into UNC.

"They did a great job recruiting him," said Emory. "They stay on top of everything all the time. We live in a community that is a Carolina community. John Bunting and Coach [Hal] Hunter did such a good job on him. He went on his own [to Chapel Hill] there three-four times last summer. I don't know what exactly triggered him, but he felt like it was where he wanted to be."

A ‘tweener prospect, the Tar Heels' coaching staff is looking to place Brown at either end or tackle along the defensive line. Emory feels the Scout.com three-star recruit will excel no matter where he plays.

"He's a player and classic overachiever," said Emory. "On the field, they are getting a player that can play any place on the offensive line and any place on the defensive line. They are getting a player with character and a good student."

During his senior season, Brown led a Richmond defense that held opponents to about a touchdown a game. He recorded 124 tackles (79 solo), six sacks, six QB hurries, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

According to Emory, Brown will qualify and enroll in the summer.

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