Mallard Creek (N.C.) High School senior Josh Brown has a firm grasp on both the offensive linemen who try to keep him contained and the college he wants to attend. The four-star pass rushing specialist has not wavered in the verbal commitment he made to Florida State last September, but that hasn’t kept him from taking visits to other schools who have offered him scholarships.Earlier in the spring, Brown — the No. 2 rated defensive end prospect in North Carolina — trekked to Knoxville after being invited on a visit by coach Butch Jones and his staff. “They invited me, so I just wanted to come out here and check it out,” he said. “People told me Tennessee had a nice thing going, so I just wanted to come out here and see how they work out.” The trip was also a reunion of sorts for Brown, who attends the same high school that current Vols wide receiver Marquez North did before coming to Tennessee. “I haven’t seen him in a minute, so we were just catching up,” Brown said. “That’s basically it.” While the 6-2, 215-pound prospect is mainly being recruited by special teams coach Mark Elder, he’s established a rapport with almost all of the coaches on the Vols' defensive staff. Those relationships are what helped get Brown to Knoxville and have kept him intrigued by Tennessee. “Basically, they just want the best players here,” he said. “They’ve told me that they’re really interested in me. That’s basically all they told me.”
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