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This talented local prospect was excited to talk to head coach Larry Coker last month on the phone. In fact, one night later he went out and dominated his spring jamboree. He remains very high on the Hurricanes.

Personally, I love it when I call to talk to a prospect and he's in the middle of watching film of his opponents. That was the case when I called Carol City defensive end Eric Moncur.

After telling Moncur that I first saw him as a junior last season in a second round playoff game against Dillard, he got excited. "Man, I'm actually watching that game right now on tape," he said.

Moncur is entering his 10th season playing organized football. "I started when I was seven," he said. "My first two years, I played wide receiver and cornerback because I was one of the faster kids out there, but then I broke my ankle when I was nine. When I came back a year later, I had gotten pretty big so they moved me to linebacker and defensive end and d-end is where I've played all through high school."

Measured at the NIKE Camp at 6-2 and 232 two months ago, Moncur finished last season with 20 sacks. Inside the classroom, he's a full qualifier with a 2.5 GPA and a 970 SAT score.

Those grades are one of the reasons why he's being so heavily recruited.

"I got a whole bunch of calls last month," he said. "UM, Florida, NC State, Georgia, Rutgers, Tennessee, and Florida State. The only offer I've gotten in the mail so far is Rutgers."

Moncur talked about his early favorites.

"I'd say my top choices right now are UM, Florida, NC State, Georgia, and Rutgers," he said. "I don't have any one favorite because I'm trying to keep my options open."

Moncur did say he got pretty excited when he received a phone call from UM the night before his spring jamboree last month.

"Randy Shannon's my recruiting coach, but I also got a chance to talk to Larry Coker," he said. "He said he wanted three sacks out of me, but I only got 2 ½. He said I'm one of the defensive ends they'll be recruiting this year."

Moncur said he likes what UM has to offer.

"They said they're thinking about offering me," he said. "That would be great because they're a good school. They're fresh off a national championship and they should have won the thing two years ago too. I think they're going to continue it because they have a lot of good players and they seem to get everyone from down here now."

Moncur, whose No.1 goal this season is to win the state championship, said he would probably not attend any summer camps, rather just stick around the school and work out with his teammates. "I want to try to get faster this summer," he said.

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