March 7, 2012

Brown talks Big Four

The Big Four on Tobacco Road appear to top the chart for Durham (NC) Jordan athlete John Brown as he plans to attend Duke, NC State, North Carolina and Wake Forest's spring football games.

Most recently he made the short trip to Raleigh for NC State's Junior Day Saturday, March 3.

"I hadn't really seen their campus before, and I learned that they were the biggest university in North Carolina," Brown said. "Right now I'm still deciding on that [if a big or small school is better], but I like how NC State is a big school with a small university atmosphere. I like that a lot."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder met his new recruiter Des Kitchings, who replaced Everette Sands as NC State's running backs coach.

"I spent a lot of time getting a friendship on with him, got his phone number, e-mail, everything," Brown said.

Before his Junior Day visit to NC State Brown took in the North Carolina-Maryland basketball game in Chapel Hill Wednesday, Feb. 29.

"I got to talk with [UNC's Director of Player Personnel] Marcus Berry there a lot," Brown said. "He told me that they would be recruiting me as an A-Back or a cornerback."

In the Tar Heels new spread offense the A-Back may line up in the backfield as a running back, or motioned out as a slot receiver. Brown thinks that would fit his skillset.

Joined by his parents Brown was in Winston-Salem Saturday, Feb. 25 for Wake Forest's Junior Day.

"I got to learn a lot more about the academic side of Wake Forest," Brown said. "I learned that the classes aren't very big, and the professors are not more one-on-one, but a little more personal than it would be at a big school. That would be one of my reasons of picking a college."

"I think they [his parents] liked the visit a lot," Brown said. "They also liked the academic side of it, and how they told us Wake Forest was like an Ivy League school playing against BCS colleges."

Derrick Jackson has taken over Brown's recruitment for the Demon Deacons in place of Steve Russ who left for his alma mater Air Force last month. Brown said that he will send Jackson his highlight tape this week.

"He seems like a cool person," Brown said. "I've got to establish more of a relationship with him, because we didn't get that much time to talk as I did at NC State with Coach Kitchings."

Brown may go to Charlotte next month for the Shrine Bowl combine. He also plans to watch the Big Four schools practice this spring before going to their spring games.

The Durham athlete earned Honorable Mention honors for the U.S. Army National All-Combine Team: Offense after an impressive performance in San Antonio in January.

In a disappointing 3-8 campaign last season for his team Brown gutted out a tough 860 yards rushing.

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