Duked out

North Carolina linebacker Kelby Brown had Northwestern among his final three choices. Alas, despite his parents having been Wildcats, Brown opted to stay close to home, committing to Duke over the weekend.

Purple Reign has confirmed that North Carolina linebacker Kelby Brown committed to Duke. Brown, who had visited Northwestern and was considering NU, wrote in a text message, "I did commit to Duke this weekend."

A little more than a week ago, Brown told Scout that he had narrowed his choices to three schools: Northwestern, Duke and Wisconsin. The Charlotte native is rated only as a one-star prospect, but he received offers from schools from all over the country. UCLA, Arkansas, Boston College, Syracuse and of course NU, among others, were all vying for Brown.

Brown's parents attended Northwestern, and it was speculated – at least on message boards – that Brown was headed to Evanston. But the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder will be staying close to home, becoming Duke's second linebacker commit for 2010.

Purple Reign talked with Brown in late June, shortly after he visited Evanston. The way Brown talked, it seemed like Northwestern could be his destination, especially after coach Pat Fitzgerald signed a contract extension.

"I want a coach that's going to be around through my career, and a coach that really cares about the program and the guys on the team," Brown said. "I'm also really looking for a good education."

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