UNC Offers Ga. Jumbo Athlete

Nathan Staub left North Carolina's final two-day camp last week with a UNC scholarship offer.

"I did half the camp – I guess the first session – and then my hip flexor was bothering me a little bit so I went in to get that wrapped," Staub said. "I came out and was ready to go again and they basically said ‘You don't need to do anything else. We have what we need.'

"From there, my dad and I went to talk to Coach [Butch] Davis. He just said that he liked how I played and I would fit into their offense."

UNC is the fourth school to offer Staub, a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder from Buford (Ga.), a scholarship. The others being California, Harvard, and Virginia.

"[The UNC offer] means a lot," Staub said. "It's really exciting. I'm really grateful. I was really happy about it. It's a great school and it's an honor to be offered by them."

UNC, like most schools, is primarily recruiting Staub as a fullback.

"We'll see what comes back in the next week or two," Staub said. "But for now, fullback is the position most colleges are looking at me at."

Since his sophomore season, Staub has started at both fullback and linebacker for Buford, which has won the last four GHSA AA Championships. As a sophomore, he led the team with 127 tackles. His junior season, though, was hampered first by a thigh contusion and then by a sprained ACL.

"I don't know yet," Staub said in regards to position preference. "It's about 50-50. I just don't know what I want to do. I've never not played both ways, so it will be an adjustment. I just have to decide which way I want to go."

UNC first began recruiting Staub during the Spring Evaluation Period.

"About every coach there is comes through our high school to watch our spring practice," Staub said. "[UNC] said they liked me at fullback and I decided to give them a shot. Virginia had already offered me and I wanted to visit there and see how Virginia was, so my dad and I combined [the two visits] into a weekend trip."

Staub participated in the first session last Friday, primarily working out at fullback, though he did go through some individual linebacker drills under the guidance of Art Kaufman.

"All the coaches seemed to know their stuff, which is important," Staub said. "All of them were real friendly and real humble and welcoming. It was a really good experience with the coaches. I felt like I connected with them pretty well."

Staub's UNC stay also included a campus tour.

"I love the campus – it's beautiful," Staub said. "And the football program is building. They're building onto the stadium. It's a really good program."

Besides UNC and Virginia, Staub has visited Auburn and Duke.

No schools have emerged as favorites in Staub's mind.

"Every school that has offered me has a shot right now," Staub said. "I kind of got into the recruiting process later than most kids, because of how my junior season went so I wasn't really recruited [during] my fall semester."

Staub is unsure when he'd make a verbal commitment – it could occur before or after his senior football season kicks off.

"I think I'm going to see what happens," Staub said. "I don't want to drag out the decision any longer than I have to. But then again I want to be sure I've made the right [decision]. So I don't really have any plans as far as a timeframe. I don't want it dragging too far into my season, but I might end up taking a couple official visits."

With regards to his recruitment, Staub isn't even sure what his next step will be.

"We're going on vacation this week," Staub said. "I think my dad and I are going to talk about it then. But we really haven't discussed it."

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