Staub Schedules Official Visit

After weeks of playing phone tag, Nathan Staub was able to get in touch with Art Kaufman early last week.

"[The conversation] was very encouraging," Staub said. "I talked to Art Kaufman, who is the defensive coordinator now. They have offered me to play linebacker or fullback."

When UNC first offered Staub following his camp performance in June, the coaching staff was recruiting the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder from Buford (Ga.) primarily as a fullback, but promised him a chance at linebacker. Now the staff appears split on his primary position.

"I don't know which way I'm leaning [regarding position preference]," Staub said. "But they've offered me at both and I'm interested at both still. I should probably figure out [my position preference] pretty soon. I've played both all my life, so it's going to be different having to just play one. I'm thinking about it. I'm thinking a couple more games will help me decide which way I want to play."

While the position discussion was the main theme, Kaufman also discussed the current UNC football team.

"He just talked about their practice and how they're doing," Staub said. "He said they're really encouraged by how they're competing and looking forward to the season."

Although last week's conversation was Staub's first in while over the phone with someone from UNC, Kaufman has contacted him plenty through other means over the past month. That correspondence has centered on the recent changes to UNC's coaching staff – namely the dismissal of Butch Davis, the promotion of Everett Withers to interim head coach, and Kaufman's promotion to defensive coordinator.

"He talked about the situation directly, addressed the issue, and moved on," Staub said. "The situation doesn't affect me too much. Watching them the first part of the season will help to see where they're at."

In addition to UNC, Staub has been offered and is considering California, Harvard, and Virginia. He doesn't have a leader among the quartet of schools.

"I would like to have a decision in the ballpark of late October," Staub said. "We'll see how that pans out – it's kind of tentative right now."

Prior to that point, Staub will be taking official visits. He has scheduled one official trip, to UNC for the weekend of Sept. 17 where he'll see a battle between two of the schools he's considering – UNC and Virginia.

"That weekend worked out for my schedule," Staub said. "I think, also, it's going to be cool to see [UNC and Virginia] play each other – that was one of the reasons I choose that weekend. It's kind of unique to see two schools that I'm considering playing each other, so I kind of wanted to take advantage of that."

All four of his favorite schools share high academic reputations, but varying proximity to Staub's home in Buford.

"Location is a factor, but it's probably more of a factor for my mom," Staub said. "Location is important, but if I feel like the school I need to go to is in California or is in Boston, I'm willing to do that."

Along with his recruitment, Staub is also helping nationally ranked Buford in its quest for a fifth consecutive GHSA AA title. The Wolves kicked off the season last Friday with a 42-0 victory over Roswell (Ga.) Blessed Trinity, where Staub rushed for 48 yards on three carries.

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