Staub Discusses Commitment Status

Having been out-of-town the last week and focused on Buford's title game for the couple of weeks before that, Nathan Staub was one of the few North Carolina verbal commitments to not have spoken publicly since Larry Fedora's hiring.

"I'm definitely committed to North Carolina," Staub told Inside Carolina on Friday. "I don't foresee me visiting any other school. [Fedora's hiring] doesn't change anything for me right now. I look forward to meeting [Fedora] and the new coaching staff. I'm really looking forward to that."

Shortly after Fedora was named UNC's head coach, Staub, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker, spoke to current UNC assistant coach Art Kaufman, who previously worked under Fedora.

"He was basically like, ‘Nobody here knows what's going to happen [with the current staff],'" Staub said. "I guess at the time, Fedora hadn't officially told them what he was going to do with the coaching staff.

"The one thing he really stressed to me: ‘Even if I'm not here, Coach Fedora is a great coach and a good man.' He was highly complimentary of Fedora."

In addition to his conversation with Kaufman, Vic Koenning and Dan Disch – both of which are among the new coaches permitted to recruit on UNC's behalf – left messages on Staub's cell phone. He hasn't been able to return either's call.

"[The messages was] your normal ‘We look forward to meeting you and your parents,'" Staub said. "I think they're going to visit us after the Christmas break. But it was the normal ‘We look forward to hearing from you.'"

Staub, who took his UNC official visit in mid-September, doesn't believe he needs to make an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill before signing in February.

"If we feel like I need to take or want to take another visit, I will," Staub said. "Right now, it doesn't seem too necessary."

Although he expected – and hoped – UNC would remove the interim tag from Everett Withers' title, the decision to hire a new head coach wasn't shocking to Staub.

"I thought it was 50-50," Staub said. "So I wasn't too surprised, but I wasn't completely expecting it. That kind of stuff is out of my control, so I just let the chips fall where they may and go from there."

Like most UNC recruits, Staub's knowledge of Fedora is limited.

"I know he's a very successful coach," Staub said. "I've watched one or two interviews with him. He seems like a great guy. He's obviously a great coach with what he did with a mid-major and putting them in the top 25 – that's really impressive."

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