Signee Update: Jack Tabb

To stay in shape and release some aggression, North Carolina signee Jack Tabb took up lacrosse this spring.

"Because I'm new to it, I'm not real good at it," Tabb said. "I'm basically a leader and try to bring some intimidation to hit some people. It helps me stay in-shape, because it's a lot of running."

Tabb, a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder, is more of a defensive specialist on Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic's lax team.

"I have one save," Tabb said. "My goalie completely ran out of the goal and I swiped the ball away."

In addition to his lacrosse schedule, Tabb is working out with a personal trainer.

"Most of the stuff that we're doing is more or less what Carolina was asking us to do [in the workout book it sent]," Tabb said. "And then we added some of [my personal trainer's] stuff as well."

Between lacrosse and workouts, Tabb says he's at a "solid" 240 pounds – five pounds heavier than his senior football season's playing weight.

"I don't really have a target weight, but I'm more concerned about my body-fat percentage," Tabb said. "I'm pretty close to where I want to be. After winter and all these official visits, I was up there pretty high. Now I'm down to 14. I'd like to be about 10-percent by the time I get down there."

The mental aspect, though, will be more of a determining factor on when Tabb sees the field at UNC.

"Coach [Allen Mogridge] wants me to arrive there with my mind right," Tabb said. "I feel like the biggest thing I'm going to have to overcome is learning all these new plays."

With only three scholarship tight ends for two positions this past spring, Tabb has as much of an opportunity as any incoming freshman to play this fall.

"I've talked to a few other [UNC] signees, and the kids that are going to red-shirt [UNC] has pretty much told them," Tabb said. "I haven't heard any hints that I'm going to be red-shirted. I'm preparing my body and my mind like I'm going in there to play [right away]."

UNC's offense uses two types of tight ends – an H-back and ‘Y' tight end.

"Coach Mo' says I have the athleticism to play both," Tabb said. "But at my size right now, it would be tough for me to play the ‘true' tight end spot. I imagine it would be pretty tough for me to walk in and go up against 270-pound defensive ends. I can see myself starting at the H-back and grow into the ‘Y.' I can inch my way in as an H-back, [because] it's not so much one-on-one contact."

Former Tar Heel Zack Pianalto followed a similar path. He began his career at H-back and then grew into a ‘Y' tight end.

Speaking of Pianalto, Tabb is hoping to wear his number, which is open, during his UNC career.

"I didn't want to take Zack Pianalto's number, but I love 17," Tabb said. "I've had a 7 in my number in all my jerseys at RBC, so I want to keep it that way. Coach Mo' said he's pretty optimistic about it. He said he's going to relay that to Coach [Butch] Davis and get back to me."

Tabb, who reports to campus on June 13, plans to major in broadcast journalism at UNC.

"It's a growing field and technology improves every day," Tabb said. "With my knowledge and the connections I'll make in football, I can do well in that field. And also, I'm good with people – I like talking. It would be a good fit for me."

As masterminded by fellow signee Tyler Alberts, Tabb will be rooming with Alberts, Eric Ebron, and Miller Snyder.

"Tyler went on an official with me and we really bonded," Tabb said. "He's friends with Eric Ebron. And then Coach [Mogridge] is like ‘Miller Snyder would be a good fit with you guys.'"

Until his freshman year, Tabb lived in Indianapolis. He recently returned to Indy to visit his sister, who still resides there. During his stay, he spent time with fellow UNC signee Kiaro Holts.

"I've always known Warren Central, because it's a national school that's always good in football," Tabb said. "But I didn't know [Holts], personally. So it was cool to finally meet him. It was awesome spending time with him, considering I'm going to be lining up next to him for three or four years. It's always good to meet someone before you get on campus, so that you have a sense of each other."

According to Tabb, the NCAA Clearinghouse projects him as a qualifier.

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