UNC Offers Ga. Linebacker

North Carolina became the latest school to offer Ukeme Eligwe, a 6-foot-2, 208-pound linebacker from Stone Mountain (Ga.), a scholarship on Tuesday.

"It was great to get a North Carolina offer," Eligwe said. "They have a great group of linebackers going into the NFL. With them leaving, it would give me a chance to play early. It would give me a legitimate chance to showcase my talent, pretty much."

With the UNC offer, Eligwe, who often goes by his middle name – Markuss – for simplicity, has collected 19 offers. Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, South Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech highlight his group of offers.

"North Carolina was looking at me, but I wasn't really expecting an offer," Eligwe said. "My coach, he told me [that UNC had offered]."

The offer prompted Eligwe to call Art Kaufman, UNC's linebackers coach.

"He was just telling me he has a group of guys leaving and I could come in and play early," Eligwe said. "He told me they were really going to be looking at linebackers this year."

The opportunity for early playing time isn't the only characteristic of UNC that intrigues Eligwe.

"I'm very interested in North Carolina," Eligwe said. "It's a great school. It has a great program. Even with their whole allegations this year, they really pulled through to be good."

Eligwe is strongly considering making a summer visit to UNC with his coach.

"Most of my visits will be this summer," Eligwe said.

Florida and Florida State figure to also be among Eligwe's summer trips. Due to their close proximity, he plans to visit Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Tennessee before the end of spring.

Eligwe has already made visits to Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, NC State, and Vanderbilt.

Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and Virginia Tech make up Eligwe's early favorite schools list.

"Florida State, they're No. 7 in criminology – that's what I want to major in when I go to college – and University of Florida is No. 12," Eligwe said. "They are both great [football] programs. Florida State, it's on the up rise to win the National Championship.

"Virginia Tech always has a good defense and a great [football] program. It's a good traditional educational school, too.

"UGa is the home school and it's a great school."

Eligwe is unsure when he'll make a verbal commitment.

"I'll be playing in the U.S. Army All-American Game," Eligwe said. "So I don't know if I would wait until then. It would either be then or way before then – I don't know there. I think if I know for a fact where I want to go – no question about it – I'll go ahead and commit. I don't want to play around. If I'm not sure, then I'll decide [at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl]."

Since his sophomore season, Eligwe has been a full time starter for Stone Mountain. He's been on varsity since his freshman year, where he started one game. As a junior, he accumulated 121 tackles (95 solo), three sacks, 15 tackles for a loss, and returned a fumble for a touchdown.

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