QB/ATH A.J. Blue from North Gaston High School in Dallas, NC proved to be one of the more impressive prospects over the spring and summer camp and combine circuit. At 6-1, 200 pounds, Blue was timed at 4.62-seconds at the Shrine Bowl combine held in Charlotte earlier this year. He backed that up with a 4.6-second time when he camped at NC State last week.
As a junior Blue passed for 1,800 yards passing and 1,300 yards rushing en route to all-region honors and being named offensive player of the year. While he continues to get serious looks at QB, his athleticism and build may ultimately project him at safety or linebacker on the next level. After his recent camp at NC State, Blue talked about his thoughts on the Wolfpack.
"The camp went pretty good," said Blue. "It went real smooth. They had me work out at QB and defensive back and I know I was one of the top four QB's there.
"I like the coaches at State a lot. They really keep you moving and I like playing at that faster pace."
Blue stated that his recruiting focus has narrowed to three schools with UNC leading the way.
"Right now it's UNC, NC State and Illinois," he said. "Those are the three schools showing the most interest. Illinois has offered me but I haven't had a chance to see them yet. I'd say UNC is my top school. I went there for a one day camp. I really like the coaches and we just hit it off."
While Blue would prefer to stay at quarterback in college, he admitted that position won't be the deciding factor in his decision. He also said that if the right offer comes along, a commitment may not be far behind.
"I would love to play quarterback but if a coach thinks I'm better playing another position then I'm not going to turn down a free ride," he said. "If I got the right offer I'd probably go ahead and commit. I can say right now that it's probably going to be out of those three schools I mentioned."
Blue is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and the No. 38 player in North Carolina by Pack Pride.com.