UNC Remains in Race for Brown

Arthur Brown once again narrowed his list of schools under consideration. Once again, North Carolina was among the schools making the cut.

"First off, when he went on his visit, I know that the family loved Butch Davis – I know that's a fact," said Brian Butler, Brown's mentor and the director of Potential Players. "And also, Coach [John] Blake has done a great job recruiting.

"The city of Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas, I think that Arthur really enjoyed them. And I think that he liked [UNC] and it fit him."

Florida, Kansas State, LSU, Miami, and Southern Cal join UNC in surviving the latest elimination round.

The original plan had Brown, the No. 1-ranked recruit in the nation by Scout.com, going into his December 17th announcement day with 10 finalists.

"He kind of just decided that he wanted to cut a few more schools and did it," Butler said. "He just felt that those schools remaining, he just felt more comfortable there and he felt like they fit him better.

"The reason that he cut them early was just because he wanted to be cordial to the schools he was cutting so they could spend their time and energy and scholarship with somebody else… He didn't want to waste their time."

While future reductions aren't expected, Butler isn't ruling out the possibility of more cuts being made.

"I think he's going to just play it by how he feels," Butler said. "I was just surprised as everyone else when he decided to make the [most recent] cut, actually. I told him he didn't have to unless he was 100-percent sure. He said he was 100-percent sure.

"If he becomes 100-percent sure that some other school won't make it, I can't say that he won't [make another cut]."

Official visits to Miami on November 28th and USC on December 1st (versus UCLA) remain on Brown's docket. He has already officially visited Alabama, LSU, and UNC.

Two weeks after his final official visit, Brown will announce his college decision. He will then enroll at that school in January.

Blake, who is handling Brown's recruitment for UNC, is in constant contact with Butler and speaks to either Brown or his father weekly.

Wichita (Kan.) East ended the 2007 season with a 6-3 record and failed to make the playoffs. Brown, who started at linebacker and filled in situationally at fullback, ended his final prep season with 82 tackles, eight sacks, and three touchdowns (two rushing and one on a fumble recovery).

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