Brown, a 6-foot-2 170-pound cornerback from Washington (D.C.) Woodson, has taken visits to both schools.
Brown said he thinks highly of both schools' coaching staffs and facilities, adding that the major differences between the two are location and the fact that former teammate Eddie McGee plays for the Fighting Illini.
Academics and playing time will be the biggest factors in Brown's decision, he said, and he's still in the process of researching the different aspects of both schools.
According to Brown, interest levels from both schools haven't decreased. In fact, he's talked to Tommy Thigpen, his primary recruiter at UNC, much more the last couple of weeks.
"It has increased," said Brown. "I last talked to him about three days ago. Normally, I talk to him about once a week.
"He talks about life and football. He talks about North Carolina, a lot. He says I have a chance to come in there and play."
Whichever school lands Brown will add "a speedy cornerback with great ball skills" to their roster, according to Woodson head football coach Wayne Johnson. Brown ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at UNC's summer camp last year.