Brown Has 'A lot of Interest' In UNC

Despite the flurry of interest during the Evaluation Period, Corey Brown says he hasn't forgotten about North Carolina.

"There's a lot of interest [in UNC]," Brown said.

Brown, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound athlete from Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway, plans to narrow his list of options to 5-10 schools by the middle of the summer and says UNC's chances to make that initial cut are good.

Brown's scholarship offer stack currently stands at 33 schools high and includes Alabama, Florida, Michigan, and Ohio State.

The most important factor in Brown's narrowing down process is early playing time.

"I want a chance to come in as a freshman and play," Brown said.

Brown says the verbal commitment of teammate and close friend Dorian Bell will have very little impact on his recruitment.

"We've talked about going to the same school, but that's really the least of my worries right now," Brown said.

Back in February, Brown, along with Bell, attended UNC's Junior Day.

"I just wanted to get down there, because I heard Coach [John] Shoop talking about it – good things about," Brown said. "So I wanted to get down there."

Never being that far south before, Brown exited Chapel Hill impressed.

"I liked it a lot – for real," Brown said. "I learned a lot of stuff. I was talking to [Coach Withers] and he was talking about how they run their scheme on defense."

Brown was also informed that the coaching staff expects him to see playing time as a freshman, if he were to choose to become a Tar Heel.

Primarily, UNC is recruiting Brown for cornerback – like most of the 33 schools that have offered. However, the staff has informed him that he could also receive reps at wide receiver.

Brown has started for Gateway since his sophomore season playing wide receiver, cornerback, and safety during his career. As a junior, Brown caught 23 passes for over 500 yards and three touchdowns on offense, and recorded 54 tackles, five interceptions, and nine pass breakups on defense.

In addition to UNC, Brown has unofficially visited Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia.

Brown plans to revisit Ohio State in early June. He's also strongly considering making a second visit to UNC over the summer.

"I'm thinking about tagging along with my Uncle Harvey," Brown said. "He said he's going to try to get down there. He's going to bring a couple of players from his team [Lancaster (Pa.) McCaskey] down there [for camp]."

Brown said Shoop writes him "a lot" and was one of the first coaches to call when phone calls from coaches were permitted this spring. Shoop, who is handling Brown's recruitment, also attended one of Gateway's recent practices.

"He's really cool," Brown said. "He's one of the coolest coaches out there."

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