SPARTANBURG, S.C.-Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond County defensive end Tavares Brown says that it will be an honor to represent his state in the 69th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
"I think it's a privilege to be here," Brown, who is verbally committed to North Carolina, said. "It's an honor to be the top player in the state and it's an honor to spend time with these kids."
The kids that Brown are referring to are the patients at the Shriners Hospital for Children, where both teams visited today.
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The 6-foot, 262-pounder finished his senior season with 122 tackles (78 solo) and six sacks this season. He is looking to play some defensive end when his team employs a three-man front this week and some defensive tackle when they switch to a 4-3 or 5-2 alignment.
As for his commitment to UNC, it is stronger than ever.
"I can guarantee you it is 100 percent going to be North Carolina," Brown said. "I've been working out with my coach and he's been telling me 'you aren't in high school anymore' so I have been training."
He also has bulked up from 250 to 262 pounds, his wrestling weight.
"I'm going to try and win the state (wrestling) championship this year," he said.
Brown is a three-star rated prospect. He and his North Carolina teammates begin practice at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Dorman High School. Stay tuned to Rivals.com for complete Shrine Bowl coverage throughout the week.