UNC Makes Brown's First Cut

When Arthur Brown evaluated his massive scholarship offer list and eliminated dozens of schools, North Carolina made the cut.

"[UNC] is still in the race for me," said the 6-foot-1 225-pound linebacker from Wichita (Kan.) East. "I'm really still considering them.

"I've spoke with Coach [John] Blake probably about two or three times and I really have a good relationship with him. He's a real down to earth guy – he's real."

Also making the initial cut are Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, California, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kansas State, LSU, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Southern Cal, and UCLA.

"Those are really the schools that I know most about," said Brown.

Brown's next step is to get more acquainted with his primary recruiter at each of the 22 schools.

"Basically, I'm going to be calling all the schools that are on my list," said Brown. "Really, I just started the elimination process. I'm really just starting to get to know the coaches and build a relationship with them."

Brown hopes to make another elimination round by late July.

"My biggest factor is probably going to be the comfort level like how I feel at the school and the people there and surrounding area," said Brown. "Big cites aren't a problem or small college towns, that's not a problem for me. But what I'm really going to be looking at is the players that they're recruiting besides me. I want to be around great athletes and great players."

On July 18th Brown will entertain his first set of unofficial visits. Stops at Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, LSU, and Miami are definite. He will also consider other destinations.

A trip to Chapel Hill is under strong consideration, but he said hinges on scheduling and finances.

Scout.com released the second edition of their National Top 100. Once again, Brown holds the No. 1 ranking.

"It's an honor to be ranked as the top player in high school football," said Brown. "I've just got to humble myself. I'm going to keep doing what I've been doing. Nothing is going to change for me. I just hope to represent myself and stay real."

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