Signee Update: Nathan Staub

In the months before he arrives at North Carolina, Nathan Staub is balancing a part-time job, his workout routine, and finishing up his senior academic year.

"I am working – I have a job now – and I'm working out - I'm running a lot and following the program that [UNC] gave me – and I'm finishing up with school," Staub said. "My school is known for not letting up on seniors during the second semester. I have a couple AP exams I'm working hard on."

Staub says there are a lot of similarities in the workout regimen UNC sent him and the one he has followed the past four years as a member of Buford (Ga.)'s football powerhouse.

"I've probably dropped three or four pounds since the end of the season," Staub said. "I'm really concentrating on my speed. I had a little slow down in my training because of some nagging little [injuries], but I got them rehabbed and I'm 100-percent now. I feel like I'm in some of the best shape of my life and my body feels really good."

While starting at both fullback and linebacker, Staub played his senior football season at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds. He projects to play inside linebacker for UNC.

Throughout his demanding schedule, Staub has kept in regular contact with UNC assistant coach Vic Koenning.

"We talk when we need to," Staub said. "We're both very into the work and I appreciate that about him. Our conversations are not too long and we get to the point. We catch up and find out what's going on."

Several weeks back, Staub got to see first-hand what was going on at UNC when he visited Chapel Hill for a spring practice.

"After visiting, I'm just excited to get up there," Staub said. "The [defensive] concepts are similar to my high school, because [Buford is] a very multiple defense. But the terminology is completely different. It's frustrating not being able to be immersed in it."

Staub was accompanied on the trip by former teammate Josh Cardiello, a 2013 offensive line prospect who holds a UNC scholarship offer.

"Josh is a good kid and he's a really good football player," Staub said. "He wanted to see North Carolina, so he went up there with me and my dad. I was more than happy to show him why I chose UNC and leave that option open for him.

"I'm not real aggressive with [recruiting]. Josh is a smart kid [and] has a good support system, so he'll make the right decision for him."

Staub, who is fully qualified according to the NCAA Clearinghouse, will arrive at UNC on June 14 in time to enroll in the second summer semester. His roommate will be fellow Georgian Kanler Coker.

"[Coker] lives about 15 minutes from my house," Staub said. "That works for when we drive back home."

For his UNC career, Staub hopes to don No. 33 on his Tar Heel jersey.

"I think 33 is available," Staub said. "That's what I wore in high school, because my grandfather wore that when he played for the [Chicago] Bears. I'm hoping to be able to get that jersey number."

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