Heels Pursue Top Prospect

In February, Butch Davis shocked the nation by beating traditional recruiting powers in signing Marvin Austin, ranked by some as the top recruit in the nation. To prove that wasn't a fluke, North Carolina will attempt to land Arthur Brown, who Scout.com currently considers the top prospect overall for the 2008 class.

With John Blake spearheading the efforts, North Carolina is diving into a state rarely recruited by UNC – Kansas – to acquire Brown, a 6-foot-1 225-pound linebacker from Wichita (Kan.) East.

Blake, who grew up with Brown's uncle, recently talked with the Scout.com five-star prospect.

"[Our conversation] wasn't specifically football related," said Brown. "It was just me and him trying to get to know each other and build a relationship; so that was a nice thing."

Not surprisingly, Brown isn't all that familiar with UNC yet. However, he is willing to learn.

"I really don't know too much about North Carolina, but I am really interested," said Brown. "I'm trying to move forward in my recruiting process to really analyze schools to get a better understanding about what each school is about."

Brown isn't sure how many scholarships he has received, but says the count exceeds 30 offers. Highlighting his list include Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Southern Cal.

With so many options, Brown is reluctant to name any favorites.

"At this point and time, no I don't have any favorites," said Brown. "Every school to me is an option and every school right now is equal as far as my interest."

Over the next several months, Brown will begin to narrow down the options.

"Unofficial visits are going to be a big part of my elimination process," said Brown. "What I'm trying to do is make as many unofficial visits as I can so that I can get a better understanding of the coaches, the players, the environment, and things of that nature."

Brown has already unofficially visited Kansas, Kansas State, and Oklahoma. He is currently in the process of ironing out an extensive nation-wide college campus tour for this summer. While he isn't sure if UNC will be included within those plans, Brown says trips to Notre Dame, the big three in Florida, and a few of the California schools are very likely.

By some point this fall, Brown figures to have his final five schools established. He will then take an official visit to each one of those schools.

Brown, who will graduate from high school in December and enrolled at his chosen school in January, will make his final decision by the end of the year.

"Factors in my decision are going to be my comfort level in the school, the surrounding environment, and the coaching staff," said Brown. "I'll probably also be looking at the athletes that they bring into the program. Great athletes just want to be surrounded by other great athletes with desire and have the confidence and courage to go out and win big games."

Location will not be a factor in Brown's decision, he said.

Last fall, Brown posted a breakout season making huge strides between his sophomore and junior years.

"I increased my tackles, I increased my sacks," said Brown. "I really think I improved in my game play – like reading lineman, taking my first step, and my footwork."

Last fall, Brown collected 148 tackles including 12 sacks earning him All-State, All-Metro, and All-City honors.

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