UNC Lands JuCo Tight End

Prizell Brown became the fourth recruit in as many days to verbally commit to North Carolina. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound tight end from Brenham (Texas) Blinn Junior College pledged to the UNC coaching staff Tuesday.

"I just committed to North Carolina," Brown told Inside Carolina Tuesday. "I did it this morning."

Brown was extended a scholarship offer during a meeting with Butch Davis, which ended his UNC official visit.

"They told me that they have a couple of players leaving at the tight end position and I could come in and make a big impact on the team and play right away," Brown said.

"I was really excited. Coach Davis has put many tight ends in the [National Football] League. He has actually put many players in the League. So I'm thinking, maybe I have a chance to make it into the League."

Although he thought about committing on the spot, Brown decided to hold off.

"I wanted to talk to my parents and my family about my decision," Brown said. "I told them how I felt about the school."

Tuesday morning, Brown contacted John Blake, his primary recruiter, and told him he wanted to verbally commit to UNC.

Brown's relationship with Blake had a major influence on his decision to commit.

"[Blake] didn't talk to me like a recruiter," Brown said. "I know that he's going to take care of me while I'm there."

Arizona, UAB, and Kansas State have also offered Brown a scholarship.

Brown says his committed to UNC is firm and he is not looking to visit any other schools.

In May, Brown will graduate from Blinn Junior College and will enroll in the first summer semester at UNC. He will have three years to play two seasons.

UNC projects Brown as a "Y" tight end in their two-tight end offense. He expects to compete for the starting spot that will be vacated by Richard Quinn, who plans to graduate after the season.

"They want me to stretch the defense out, but also block on the line," Brown said.

"I had to get used to [playing a new position] when I came to Blinn. So I'll just have to learn the plays [at UNC]. It will take me a little bit, but once I learn the plays I'll be good."

At Pflugerville Connally High School, Brown played both wide receiver and defensive back. When he arrived at Blinn, he was converted to a tight end.

During Brown's official visit, he was hosted by sophomore defensive tackle Marvin Austin.

"He's a cool guy," Brown said. "He and ‘Big' Kevin [Bryant] had me laughing the whole time. I enjoyed myself a lot. I had a real good time."

Saturday afternoon, Brown observed the UNC-NC State game. He made sure to pay particular attention to the tight ends.

"For one, I know I can help the team next year [at tight end] by helping them stretch the defense out some more," Brown said. "I can help the team complete some of those passes and get some more wins."

During Brown's stay, he received a tour of the campus – including the football facilities – and spoke to each member of the coaching staff.

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