January 24, 2012

Brown talks combines and recruiting

Durham (NC) Jordan running back John Brown made an impression at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio earlier this month.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound junior earned Honorable Mention honors for the Rivals.com U.S. Army National All-Combine Team: Offense.

Along with the usual 40 and other physical tests of speed, strength and athletic ability participants at the combine went through drills and skills competitions.

"That experience was great for me," Brown said. "I had a lot of fun in Texas, a place I had never been before. That was a good experience for me, because I got to go against the best linebackers in the nation. I got to see where I stood, and I got to show off my talents against the best."

Brown said his vertical leap at the combine was 31.5 inches, but technical difficulties with the timing systems for the 40 and the shuttle caused inaccurate interpretations of his and other prospects' speed. However, Brown was clocked at a 4.4 in the 40 prior to the U.S. Army National Combine.

Interest for Brown has increased after his combine performance, especially from the Blue Devils.

"Duke [running backs coach Zac Roper] came by the school last Thursday to talk to me," Brown said. "He was just telling me that he came by to put a name to a face. He saw my highlights, and wanted me to get on the campus a lot more. I'm going to their Junior Day."

Duke and NC State have shown the most interest in Brown, however Everette Sands, who was recruiting him for NC State left the Wolfpack to become the running backs at South Carolina.

His high school teammate, 2012 UNC commitment Phillip Williamson made his official visit to Chapel Hill last weekend. Williamson spoke with Carolina's coaches about Brown.

The Durham product's parents are UNC alums, helping him to develop an affinity early for the Tar Heels.

Brown has yet to meet or speak with new North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora or anyone on his coaching staff.

Steve Russ recruits Brown for Wake Forest, but there has been no recent contact between either party. Brown added that he will inquire with Russ about visiting Wake for its Junior Day.

"I always grew up a Tar Heel fan, but right now as a school I wouldn't say I have specific favorite," Brown said.

Brown will be attending the VTO Combine Feb. 12 at the Athletic Performance Center in Raleigh. He will enter the combine as an athlete. The 2013 prospect spends the majority of his time at running back, but has also seen limited action at defensive back.

Jordan struggled with youth and inexperience this season, finishing with a 3-8 record. Brown mustered a gritty 860 yards on the ground with a young offensive line.

He is starting at point guard and averaging eight points for Jordan's basketball, which is on a five-game winning streak after going through a rocky start to its season.


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