Zach Brown Commits to UNC

Although Maryland stole a victory from North Carolina on the basketball court Saturday, the Tar Heels stole a big-time football recruit from the Terrapins. Zach Brown switched his verbal commitment from Maryland to North Carolina during his official visit.

"When I went down there the players really showed me love," Brown said. "Everybody knew everybody. It was a good atmosphere.

"Everybody makes sure you stay on top of your grades. They have a good academic program and they want you to get your degree.

"The coaching staff is wonderful. I'm cool with all the coaches now – like Coach [Butch] Davis, Coach [Tommy] Thigpen, Coach [John] Blake – all of them."

Brown, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker currently at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy, committed to Davis during a one-on-one meeting with UNC's head coach.

"He asked me what I wanted to do," Brown said. "Of course I said, ‘Hey Coach I want to become a part of the program.'

"He told me when he was at Miami, they weren't that good. But as time went on, they got good."

UNC coaches have been pushing Brown to visit months before he actually scheduled this past weekend's official trip. He didn't initially consider the invite, until his mother told him to do some investigating.

"I did some research on [UNC] and basically, their team was young," Brown said. "I saw how they did – I kept a check."

Additional information that Brown was exposed to during his UNC stay really pushed his hand to verbally commit.

"Once I got there, they put up some research. They jumped from 90th in defense to 35th in the nation," Brown said. "I was like ‘Wow - that's crazy.' I said to myself, ‘This is a rising program. Know what? I'm going to join.' So that's where I'm going. I'm going to go to North Carolina and I'm going to ball out."

Marvin Austin hosted Brown throughout the weekend.

"That guy was telling me some true stuff – it was fun," Brown said with a laugh. "He's got a good personality. He is a cool guy. He made sure we had fun."

During his stay, though, Brown spent most of his time with the coaching staff.

"I got to sit down with all the defensive coaches and talk about what position I'm going to play," Brown said. "They want me to play WILL to take advantage of my speed and skills."

Brown says he is done taking official visits.

Brown plans to enroll at UNC in June. Once he gets his ACT score up to a qualifying score, he'll be free to leave Hargrave. However, he plans on staying until May to improve his grade-point average.

At the December Winter Workouts at Hargrave, Brown recorded a jaw-dropping 4.39 40-yard dash, a 4.25 shuttle time, a 30-inch vertical and posted 13 reps of 225.

As a senior a Wilde Lake High School, Brown rushed for 1,537 yards and 20 touchdowns and collected over 90 solo tackles.

Last winter, Brown went 29-0 on the wrestling mat with 17 pins and five technical falls. He then found success in track, winning the Class 3A title in the 100-meter dash (10.67 seconds) and 200-meter dash (21.52).

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