Heels Pick Up JuCo Punter

Fresno City College punter Terrence Brown was on the Chapel Hill campus last weekend and decided to become a Tar Heel. He spoke with Inside Carolina late Tuesday night to discuss his commitment.

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    Brown, a 6-foot-3 190-pound punter, verbally committed to North Carolina Saturday during an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill for the Tar Heels' Spring Game.

    "[Butch Davis] offered me and he said ‘Do you need any time to fly home and think about this?' There was absolutely nothing I needed to think about. I was just really impressed with everything about it, so I committed," said Brown.

    "It was almost instant, as soon as I flew in everyone that I met right off the bat was really, really nice. I figured it would be a really good fit for myself."

    Overall, North Carolina seemed like the right place for Brown, despite its environment being very different from his hometown of Fresno (Calif.).

    "I think everything about it combined – the program, the school, the community," said Brown. "Everything about Chapel Hill was grade A. I had a really good time there. Something that's completely different from where I'm from, but a good different."

    North Carolina's recruitment of Brown begun less than a month ago.

    "I guess they called Coach ‘C' [Tony Caviglia] to see if he had a punter, because they're short on punters –they have one senior there this year and a junior," said Brown. "Coach ‘C' sent my film out to them about three weeks ago."

    Approximately a week ago, North Carolina made its first contact with Brown and shortly thereafter scheduled an official visit for this past weekend.

    Senior place kicker Connor Barth, senior deep snapper Michael Murphy and sophomore offensive lineman Aaron Stahl hosted Brown.

    "We went to dinner and then I toured the facilities – the facilities were really, really nice," said Brown. "Then I went on a campus tour and an academic meeting."

    Saturday was all about the Spring Game.

    "That was really good, too," said Brown. "The community involvement with it and the way it was just organized. They had a kid's zone before the game. The whole community just seemed behind them."

    Brown's visit was capped off with a one-on-one meeting with John Lovett, UNC's special teams coordinator.

    "He was talking about the expectations," said Brown. "And he liked me because of my versatility with holding and also doing kickoffs on top of punting."

    A Fresno (Calif.) Bullard High School graduate, Brown has been punting, kicking off, and holding for Fresno (Calif.) City College the past two falls, while also serving as a relief pitcher for the Rams' baseball team.

    Brown is expected to enroll in UNC for the second summer session and will have three years to complete two years of eligibility.

    "They have a senior [punter] right now and they pretty much said I wouldn't be there if they didn't think they could do better," said Brown. "As of right now, he is competing for the starting job with a backup. They are both walk-ons; they don't have a punter on scholarship.

    "He also wants me to work on holding so that I can be the holder for PATs and field goals. And he wants me to compete for the kickoff job. Connor Barth has that job, right now."

    Prior to hearing from UNC, Brown was headed to Santa Barbara (Calif.) Westmont College for baseball.

    In addition to his full scholarship for football, Brown will receive an opportunity to play baseball for the Tar Heels.

    "I had a meeting with the baseball coach while I was there, also," said Brown. "We kind of just talked about baseball. Previous to my visit, Coach Lovett had asked if I would like a tryout or walk-on to the baseball team. Hopefully, I can do both."

    Coming out of high school, Brown was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 49th round (1451st overall) of the 2005 MLB amateur entry draft.

    Last season, Brown averaged 39-yards per-punt. As a freshman, he averaged 38.4 yards.

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