"I feel Coach [Butch] Davis and his coaching staff are really going to make it with that football program. I really feel that they can change that program around – especially seeing what Butch Davis did with Miami. I'm just excited what they're doing there."
Brown, a 5-foot-11 155-pound cornerback from Orlando (Fla.) Boone, doesn't claim a leader.
"I'd say everybody is on an even plain," said Brown.
A visit to Chapel Hill in July helped UNC's chances significantly.
"When I went on my visit, I wasn't expecting all the things I experienced," said Brown. "I was really going there, just because it was close to my grandparents and I heard they had a nice campus. I just wanted to go look at a few other campuses.
"When I actually went there, the coaching staff welcomed me with open arms. It was just great."
Remarkably, Brown's visit almost didn't happen.
"I haden't heard from them for a long time," said Brown. "They were one of my top schools from the beginning. I sent some film to them and I didn't hear back from him.
"My coach was actually on his way back to Florida from Tennessee. He ran into one of the UNC coaches [Steve Hagen] at a gas station. My coach had on a Boone shirt. He asked him if he knew Jeremy Brown. They exchanged numbers.
"My coach told me to have my dad call one of the coaches. They called them. I happened to be going to North Carolina that next week. My dad was like ‘While we're there, we might as well go look at them.'"
Additionally, Brown unofficially visited Auburn, Central Florida, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, and South Carolina.
Brown's campus tours played a major part in developing his final list, as the four schools were able to separate themselves from the pack.
"I was really impressed with all those schools coaching staffs," said Brown. "I've been to a few schools and I just didn't get a good vibe from the coaches like I did from those four schools. [My final four] plays a high level of football – they play a high level of football. The campuses were all real great."
Brown is finished with unofficial visits and has already begun to map out his official visits schedule. He has scheduled a visit to Auburn on September 1st (versus Kansas State) and Georgia on September 9th (versus South Carolina). Brown is close to having a date set with UNC.
"We've been talking about it," said Brown. "I think we're going to try to set something up for maybe that UNC-Miami [game], but I'm not for sure. That's not in stone yet."
Brown noted that he has no timetable for a verbal commitment.
"I'm really not going to put a date on it," said Brown. "I'm going to let things go and see what happens."
The most important characteristic of a program that he'll be looking for is the feeling of comfort.
"[I'm looking for] a family-line atmosphere," said Brown. "I want to go somewhere, where I feel comfortable as a football player and as a student. I'm real big on school, I try to focus on that. I want a place where I'm going to be taken care of as a player and as a student."
A two-way starter last fall, Brown intercepted seven passes on defense He also caught 13 passes for 213 yards and seven touchdowns.