Target 2004: Andre Brown

North Carolina has already extended a scholarship offer to Greenville Rose's Andre Brown, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound tailback, who, along with his size, is as talented rushing the ball as he is receiving it.

But in order to see Brown in Carolina Blue next year, the UNC coaches will have pull him away from N.C. State where he is currently leaning.

"He was basically our go to our guy offensively, whether it was running the football or throwing it to him out of the backfield," Rose head coach Greg Thomas said. "He is the type of kid that you have to get him the ball as much as possible."

As a junior, Brown gained 2,292 all-purpose yards and scored 17 touchdowns, in leading the Rampant's to a 10-3 record and second-place tie behind 4-A Big East Conference champ New Bern.

"What is probably going to help him at the next level is that he can catch so well, and then he makes things happen when he gets the ball," Thomas said. "If he has to run around people he will, and if he has to lower his shoulder into someone, he will do that also.

"He's a good kid that understands the game very well. He's going to fit right in at the next level."

UNC coaches will likely project Brown as a running back, but with 4.48 speed (40-yard dash), he is an athlete that can play defensive back as well and/or make a significant impact on special teams.

On Tuesday, Brown told Inside Carolina that his top five, in order, has N.C. State on top, followed by Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida State. Coaches from Tennessee and Florida State have only sent letters at this point. And that doesn't mean other schools won't turn up the heat later this year, because Brown intends to make all of his visits and he is not expected to commit early.

"I like their facilities up there," Brown said of the Tar Heels. "The coaches I have met were very nice. They tell me that I have a good chance of going there and getting a scholarship and becoming a good player there."

Brown plans to make his final decision following the 2003 season.

Andre Brown
1st Position: RB
Ht: 6-1
Wt: 215
40-Time: 4.48

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