The offers are starting to roll in for Providence Day (Charlotte, NC) High School defensive tackle Elijiah Brown. Louisville reached out to Brown Wednesday, becoming the fourth school to offer.
The 6-foot-4, 270 pound 2018 prospect has been pretty busy in recent weeks. He's attending Elite Junior Day at North Carolina State this weekend and was at Wake Forest for a Junior Day event just two weeks ago.
“I love Wake Forest. I love the coaches and the new facilities. They’re really doing some big things over there,” Brown said. “The coaches are doing a great job recruiting. They brought in a monster 2017 class. Their new facilities are amazing. It’s great they’re making those improvements.
“They’re going to make some noise in the ACC.”
In addition to Wake and Louisville, Brown also has offers from East Carolina and North Carolina State. He’s getting interest from South Carolina, North Carolina, Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Virginia Tech.
He grew up a huge fan of the Tar Heels.
“I always at a young age imagined playing at UNC,” Brown said. “I need to be more open-minded now, but it’s one of my favorite places.”
Brown played basketball his first couple years at Providence Day, but decided it would probably be best to focus on football for his final two years in high school.
“I thought maybe I should focus all my attention on football,” he said. “I wanted to work on getting bigger, faster and stronger.
“I can’t lie. I miss it at times. I miss the energy of being on the court.”
Brown will likely play both sides of the ball in 2017, and is talking with his high school coach about what camps to attend during the summer. He does plan on being at The Opening Regional in Charlotte in early May.
Brown believes his toughness sets him apart.
“We had a size shortage this year, so I had to work twice as hard to stop plays up the middle,” he said. “I feel like I did good with my lateral movement this season.”
Though his recruitment still may have a ways to go, Brown believes he knows what he’s looking for a the next level.
“The biggest thing is education. I can go to a big football program and perhaps play for an ACC Championship and all that,” Brown said. “But I want to go somewhere where I can play great football and have an excellent education.
“I want to go somewhere that will take me somewhere in life after football. Not everybody makes it to the league, and then you only stay in the league for so long.”