Desir Finalizes Decision

An official visit confirmed that Fabby Desir will continue his collegiate career at North Carolina.

"After this visit, I'm 100-percent positive that I want to sign with North Carolina," Desir said Friday after concluding his visit. "It's school that fits my criteria. It was really nice of them to bring me in and show me the ropes. I like the school. It's a beautiful campus."

Desir, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker from Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna College, will sign his Letter-of-Intent on Monday during a ceremony at his high school, Scranton (Pa.) High.

"The paperwork is being sent," Desir said. "It will be at my school 10:30 tomorrow morning."

Besides UNC, Desir received scholarship offers from Ball State and Rhode Island, and was also hearing from Miami and Temple.

"With North Carolina, the people around the campus sold me," Desir said. "They're all for the Tar Heels. They're nice people – I don't see a lot of nice people up in the northeast. It fits my criteria academically and the football here is unbelievably good and it's on the rise. I want to be a part of that rise"

Desir arrived on campus for his UNC official visit Thursday afternoon.

"I took a lot of tour around the school," Desir said. "I saw the entire campus. I met a lot of the players. I saw the weight program. I met the entire coaching staff."

The visit also included an individual meeting with Art Kaufman, UNC's linebackers coach, in his office.

"He kept it nice and dry," Desir said. "He basically said ‘You're going to come here, you're going to work hard, and you'll play.' I have the size, he said, already. Now I just have to keep on working hard – that's what I intend to do."

Before leaving campus, Desir spoke briefly with Butch Davis.

"He just got back from a Nike convention, so I didn't speak to him much," Desir said. "I met him. He liked my size, as well. He spoke about the school and how much he likes North Carolina."

Desir, who has two years of eligibility remaining plus a red-shirt season if needed, will enroll at UNC in either the first or second summer semester.

Desir began hearing from UNC in December.

"Coach Kaufman said what drew me to him is that I was very focused and I knew what I wanted," Desir said. "He said he liked my size. He said he believed in me – he wouldn't have stuck with me for so long if he didn't believe in me."

During his high school career at Scranton (Pa.) High School, Desir played running back and defensive back. After playing his freshman season at safety for Lackawanna, he was moved to linebacker.

Desir ended his sophomore season at Lackawanna with 30 tackles (27 solo), including three for a loss, a forced fumble, and returned a fumble for a touchdown.

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