Defensive end Tavares Brown out of Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond County has picked up another offer, this time from an in-state school.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder picked up his second offer of the season from North Carolina State.
"That's something big because they are a college that is close to home. I like their defense and how their defense pursues. It seems a lot like our system and they were ranked the No.1 defense in the country," he said. "I think it's a great place to get an education and coach Amato is a nice guy who also has done some wrestling.
"It was really fun talking to him about wrestling because I wrestle too. We started chatting and that's the thing that really stuck out about me with him."
Besides picking up an offer, Brown took a recent visit to Tennessee.
"That's my dream school, I was impressed with the facilities, coaches and defensive schemes," he said. "I met a lot of the players and a bunch of them are from North Carolina. I really like the place and Tennessee is great. They are still my top school and I've always had my heart set on them and the visit was awesome."
The other schools on top of Brown's list include North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia and Maryland.
"I like the Carolina schools, but I've still got to get to know them more," he said. "At first I thought Virginia would let me go by because I'm too small to play on the defensive line, but then they asked me if I wanted to play linebacker. That's a dream position for me; I wouldn't mind playing at all. I know they are known for their linebackers and I think I can handle it and if they need me there to fill in the spot, I wouldn't mind taking it."
When asked what schools the linebacker was considering taking official visits to, his list changed a little bit.
"I'd like to go to Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland and North Carolina State," he said. "I just want to check them out and see what's going on at those schools. I'm really interested in them and I hear from them a lot."
Brown was impressed with a handful of coaches during the evaluation period.
"Coach Brooks from Tennessee, coach Amato at North Carolina State, coach Ray (Rychleski) at Maryland and coach Bunting from North Carolina really stuck out," he said. "Those guys I actually got to talk to and got to know them more. They were straight up with me and they told me what they're going to do with me. A lot of coaches try to persuade you, but they were straight up. Coach Brooks was especially, but I respect all of them for that."
As for a decision, that's still very difficult to think about for Brown.
"My coach has told me to just wait and let the season be through first," he said. "I do really like a lot of places like Virginia who's telling me I can play linebacker, Maryland is where I was raised, South Carolina is where I was born and I really do like Tennessee. I'll probably wait until Signing Day, but again you can't commit to any schools until you have the offers."
This summer Brown is expecting to attend camps at North Carolina and North Carolina State. He's also looking at unofficial visits with South Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina and North Carolina State.
Brown recorded 80 tackles and nine sacks as he was named all-conference and all-Piedmont.