UNC Assesssing JuCo DT

Through a family connection, junior college prospect Marquel Combs leaped onto North Carolina's recruiting board.

"How I got in contact with North Carolina is through my cousin, Gene Robinson," Combs said. "He showed Coach [Deke] Adams my film. And then Coach Adams told [Robinson] to have me call him."

Combs, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive tackle currently enrolled at Woodland Hills (Calif.) Pierce College, immediately phoned Adams.

"Coach Adams said he really likes my film," Combs said. "My transcripts were supposedly sent in [on Tuesday]. If everything checks out, he said the offer is going to be there because he'd love for me to come to North Carolina."

Under UNC's new protocol, JuCo transfers must be projected to clear admissions before the coaching staff can extend a scholarship offer. Since he was a non-qualifier out of Memphis (Tenn.) Hamilton High School, Combs needs to meet three objectives to clear UNC admissions: he needs to graduate from the JuCo, which he's on track to do this December; 2) he needs to have 48 transferrable credits; and 3) he needs to show improvement in his academics from high school to JuCo.

Five schools have already offered Combs a scholarship – Arkansas, Arizona, Florida International, Mississippi, Texas Tech, and Utah.

Combs doesn't claim any favorite schools. But if the UNC scholarship offer materializes, that will likely change.

"[The UNC offer] would definitely even out the battlefield and it would put them in my top schools," Combs said. "They have a rich tradition. And I just like who they have sent to the NFL."

Wherever he ultimately lands, Combs, who will play his sophomore season this fall at Pierce, will have two years of eligibility, plus a red-shirt season if needed.

Combs has never visited UNC, but has heard plenty about the school from Robinson.

Since arriving at Pierce, Combs hasn't made any recruiting visits.

"I hope to do a little bit of unofficial traveling during the spring just to go around and look around and catch a little spring ball," Combs said.

After graduating from Hamilton in 2009, Hamilton took a detour at prep school before enrolling at Pierce.

Despite playing on a roster that included 13 players that eventually signed with Division I schools, as a freshman Combs led Pierce in tackles for a loss (10) and was fourth in total tackles (34) in 2011. He also compiled 2.5 sacks and blocked a kick.

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