Ellerbe Will Take Four Visits

SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- After returning home from the Shrine Bowl this Saturday, North Carolina verbal commitment Brandon Ellerbe plans on finalizing his official visit schedule.

"Right now, I plan on setting up [official] visits with Clemson, NC State, [North] Carolina, and West Virginia," Ellerbe said. "I'm not going to Texas Tech."

Ellerbe's UNC official visit was originally scheduled for the weekend of Dec. 5. However, the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder postponed the trip in hopes of taking it with his Wadesboro (N.C.) Anson County teammate Stephone Anthony.

Right now, though, Ellerbe's focus is the Shrine Bowl. Thus far he's been practicing at strong safety.

"This week right here is all about the Shriner kids and raising money," Ellerbe said. "If we win, it's not our win, it's [the kids'] win."

Outside of practice, Ellerbe is enjoying his time with the other UNC verbal commitments on the North Carolina roster.

"They're wild," Ellerbe said. "We're out here having fun."

Ellerbe has also spent a good deal of time with several non-UNC verbal commitments. With that, he has been subjected to recruiting attempts.

"'E-Mac' [Eric MacLain] is trying to get me to go to Clemson, but I don't know where I want to go, though," Ellerbe said.

In spite of those feelings and the decision to officially visit other schools, Ellerbe still considers his verbal commitment to UNC to be "firm."

"I just want to get this thing going," Ellerbe said. "Right now, I see things with Carolina and State that I don't want to talk about. I don't want to announce it, because if I do I might [regret] it later on."

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