Signee Update: Fabby Desir

As soon as Fabby Desir arrives in Chapel Hill, the JuCo transfer expects to immediately compete for playing time.

"[Linebacker coach Art Kaufman] said they lost a lot of great players [at the linebacker position] last semester," Desir said. "And he said they don't really have a lot of guaranteed spots, so he said a lot of spots are open.

"And then [Kaufman] said I'm going to come in and battle for the SAM spot. I know Zach Brown is at the WILL spot, and he said Darius Lipford and Ebele Okakpu, they're battling for the SAM spot, too. So I will be up there battling with them when I get there."

Desir, a converted safety, started at WILL linebacker last season for Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna, where he recorded 30 tackles (27 solo), including three for a loss, a forced fumble, and returned a fumble for a touchdown.

"To be honest, [at Lackawanna] I had to learn all three [linebacker] positions," Desir said. "There would be times during a game I'd be in the middle and there would be times I would be at SAM. But most of the time I would be at the WILL spot. There's really not much difference between the WILL and the SAM spots."

Regardless, Desir's objective for his junior season is team-oriented.

"I want to win games," Desir said. "I just want to win. That's it – I just want to win."

Desir, an education major, will move into his dorm at UNC on June 1 and enroll during the second summer semester.

"We don't get out [of class] until May 9 or May 10," Desir said. "And then we graduate May 14."

In order to transfer into UNC, Desir needs to graduate from Lackawanna with 48 transferrable credits and at least a 2.5 grade-point average.

"My grades are just fine," Desir said. "Everything transfers very well. Everything is ready to go. I sat down and had a good talk with Mr. Joe Haydon [Director of Football Operations] and we had everything done."

In preparation for fall camp, Desir has been following the workout regimen UNC that was sent to him as soon as he faxed in his Letter-of-Intent almost a month after Signing Day.

"They sent me a lot," Desir said. "They sent me a big, big binder. Then they sent me a packet of what they send their signees. And then they also sent me a DVD.

"Some workouts my strength and conditioning coach at Lackawanna and I didn't understand. So we had to call Coach Kaufman, who put us on with the strength and conditioning coach, [Tom Myslinski]. And he just answered our questions.

"Overall, it's going very well. I'm following it pretty well. It's getting me a lot faster and a lot stronger. I can't wait until I get down there."

Desir, who was listed as 215 pounds on Lackawanna's roster, says he now is up to 229 pounds on his 6-foot-1 frame.

"[The coaches] told me I was already heavy enough. They told me I was just fine [and] don't put on any more weight. They said they like their linebackers lean and they're going to build me up when I get down there."

Desir is unsure who he'll be rooming with and what jersey number he'll be sporting this season.

"They haven't spoken to me about [jersey numbers], yet," Desir said. "[Jersey number] doesn't really matter to me, so I don't bring it up."

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