Target 2004: Jean Beljour

HACKENSACK, N.J. – While North Carolina assistant coach and New Jersey-area recruiting specialist Jim Fleming was courting 2003 Hackensack prospect Jermaine Dias last year, he was impressed by a young fullback named Jean Beljour, who gained over 600 yards and scored seven touchdowns as sophomore.

Of course Dias eventually opted for Virginia, but Fleming left a favorable mark in the minds of the Comets coaching staff. And now, it appears the Tar Heels will try again in Hackensack, this time with Beljour, who ran for over 1,700 yards at a 10.8 yards per carry clip and scored 10 touchdowns this past season.

However, when IC asked Beljour if the UNC coaches had been in steady contact with him, he replied, "No, not really."

Then, Comets assistant coach Gordon Whiting, Jr., who was present on Beljour's front porch during the interview, interjected: "We keep the juniors away from recruiting. Most of our guys are multi-sport guys. So to be fair to all of the coaches, we do most of the talking (to recruiters).

"They are definitely looking at him as a prospect," Whiting said. "[The UNC coaches] said they will be back during May recruiting. [Coach Fleming] just wanted to let Jean know that they were interested and would be back in touch."

Beljour currently has offers from Syracuse, Oklahoma St., Rutgers, Boston College and Maryland. But he says he is also interested in Virginia, UNC, South Carolina and Florida.

"I'm just looking around basically," Beljour said. "I don't have any top schools."

Beljour's athleticism aids the Comets on the defensive side of the ball as well. He started at defensive end as a sophomore, ringing up 57 tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

In 2002, he switched to outside linebacker where he made 72 stops and five sacks.

"He is an outstanding runner, with a combination of power and speed," Whiting said. "In one game he ran the ball 30-plus times. Normally, he only carried the ball 10-12 times per game. We're a two-back offense mainly. We don't play the traditional I-formation, like ‘three yards and a cloud of dust.' Our fullback position is a playmaking position.

Jean Beljour
Height: 6-0
Weight: 195
40 Time: 4.4
Bench: 275
Squat: 440

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