Md. LB Shocked by UNC Offer

Sam Lebbie was blindsided by a scholarship offer from North Carolina earlier in the month.

"I had no contact from anybody from North Carolina," Lebbie said. "[A couple weeks ago], I was told to call one of their coaches. He sounded like he was happy for me to call him. He wanted me to come down there [for the spring game]. And right before we got off the phone, he was like ‘You know you have an offer from us.'"

Lebbie, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker from Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic, has received seven scholarship offers – Cincinnati, Illinois, Maryland, UNC, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia.

"It meant a lot to me [to receive an offer from UNC], because I really didn't know they were interested," Lebbie said. "It was shocking to me that such a strong program saw talent in me."

UNC has also offered scholarships to Lebbie's teammates Michael Moore and Brent Wilkerson, who verbally committed to Penn State a month ago.

"Brent is already committed, but I don't know how Mike feels about North Carolina," Lebbie said.

Lebbie admits his knowledge of UNC is limited.

"I know nothing – zero," Lebbie said. "But I'm open to everybody – no doubt."

Since the invitation to attend UNC's Spring Game was extended at the last-minute, Lebbie was unable to make the trip.

"I'm probably going to go down there in the summer," Lebbie said.

Lebbie, who is looking to make a verbal commitment before his senior football season, is also considering summer trips to Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

Thus far, Lebbie has only visited Maryland and Rutgers. He most recently traveled to Piscataway this past Saturday, which contributed to Rutgers taking a lead for the three-star prospect.

"They're just showing me a lot of love," Lebbie said. "I just have a connection with them and have built a relationship with them."

As a sophomore, Lebbie became a starter for DeMatha, but an injury limited him to just seven games. Fully healthy, he started every game during his junior season.

Lebbie primiarly plays outside linebacker for Dematha, but says he's capable of playing the middle.

"[College] coaches like my versatility," Lebbie said. "I feel way more comfortable on the outside – I like the ability to play in space and just play fast and just get to the ball."

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