Ebron Lining Up Wide

SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- Although he's played tight end throughout his high school career, the North Carolina Shrine Bowl coaching staff put UNC verbal commitment Eric Ebron at wide receiver.

"There's really no difference," Ebron said. "I'm still a tight end. Eric MacLain is doing most of the blocking and I'm doing most of the route running.

"I've got a feel for it. I've just got to get with the plays [and] get with the routes."

In the spread offense North Carolina plans on using Saturday, Ebron will predominately be split out wide. However, in two-tight end sets, the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder will be back in a three-point stance on the opposite side of the line from MacLain, a Clemson verbal commitment.

"Blocking [and] receiving, I've been doing it all for a long time," Ebron said.

Regardless of where he lines up, most of the time Ebron will be working with fellow UNC commitments – running routes with T.J. Thorpe and catching passes from Marquise Williams.

"It's the future," Ebron said. "T.J. and I, we plan on playing on the same side the whole game, which is good, because we want to get that feel for what we're going to have in the future.

"Me, T.J., and ‘Quise already have chemistry. But we all haven't played [football] in a long time, so we're just getting back into it."

That chemistry extends beyond the football field.

"It's been crazy," Ebron said. "Everyday as soon as we get to the hotel room, we all meet up in Travis' [Riley] room – every UNC recruit. It's fun when we're just sitting there, laughing, and all having a good time. It's the future [of UNC football]. We just eat and chill."

The North Carolina Shrine Bowl team includes eight UNC commitments – Devonte Brown, Brandon Ellerbe, Jarrod James, Shawn Underwood, plus the aforementioned Ebron, Riley, Thorpe, and Williams.

Ebron is trying to increase that number of UNC verbal commitments by recruiting his North Carolina teammates.

"I drop booms on them," Ebron said. "I've been trying to get Ben Councell to de-commit from Notre Dame… And I've been trying to get Stephone [Anthony]."

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