Signee Update: Zach Brown

To add some excitement to their monotonous workouts and feed their hunger for competition, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy's post graduate team – spearheaded by North Carolina signee Zach Brown – created its own track meets to be held every Friday.

"Since I'm a track guy, I brought six batons here," Brown said. "We've been doing 4x100, 4x200 – stuff like that. We're just racing against each other."

As a senior at Columbia (Md.) Wilde Lake High School, Brown won the Class 3A title in the 100-meter dash (10.67 seconds) and 200-meter dash (21.52). At Hargrave's Winter Workouts, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker clocked a jaw-dropping 4.39 40-yard dash.

Teams, which change every Friday, are determined by picking names out of a bucket. Just about every member of Hargrave's PG team still on campus participates – including linemen.

"If you get three big guys, three big guys plus you are your 4x100 team," Brown said.

Brown has been the victim of being teamed with multiple linemen, which has limited the former high school track star.

"Man, [my team] has won one time out of the nine times we did it," Brown said with a laugh. "I've won every 100 [meter] and 200 [meter], but I've only won one [team event]. I always get stuck with two or three linemen. We end up taking third in the 4x100 and then fourth in the 4x200."

When Brown isn't participating in a track meet, he's following the workout regimen UNC sent him. The running and lifting, he says, has contributed to Brown trimming down to 220 pounds.

"I'll be happy arriving at [UNC] at 220 [pounds] really," Brown said. "Because I don't want to go in there big – I'm going to get bigger once I get there."

Brown will depart from Hargrave in late May, but won't arrive in Chapel Hill until June 16th. During the short vacation in between, Brown will return home to Columbia, Md.

Although his academics are in order to be eligible, Brown has yet to clear the NCAA Clearinghouse.

"They have to get my high school transcripts," Brown said. "They should be getting it this week. As soon as they get that they can match it with my scores and I'll be cleared."

Brown says he still keeps in contact with UNC coaches Kenny Browning and John Blake regularly.

Outside of labeling him a WILL (weakside linebacker), the UNC coaching staff hasn't discussed playing time. However, Brown doesn't expect to red-shirt. Instead, he figures to have an important role on UNC's special teams.

"I'm going to do the kick return [team], because I'm good on the kick return [team]" Brown said. "They're going to use me on the punt [team] too, because of my speed… Coach Browning told me for the punt [team], I might be a gunner. I'd be a big gunner."

Brown is the latest incoming freshmen who desires the currently vacant jersey No. 5. Brown wore No. 11 for Hargrave and No. 42 at Wilde Lake – both numbers are occupied.

After signing a National Letter-of-Intent with Maryland in February '07, Brown enrolled at Hargrave this past fall to improve his academic situation. While at Hargrave, Brown switched his verbal commitment to UNC following his official visit to Chapel Hill.

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