Ben Lemming commits to Heels

North Carolina received its third verbal commitment of the year from Houston, Texas offensive lineman Ben Lemming, <i>Inside Carolina</i> learned Thursday evening.

"I loved the campus, the coaches, and the stadium, especially since they have the new video board," Lemming said.

He was spotted by North Carolina offensive line coach Hal Hunter during a trip to Texas in May. Lemming did not know much about the Tar Heels prior to Hunter's visit.

"I knew that I wanted to find a place that excelled both in academics and athletics," he said. "The schools that I was interested in included North Carolina, Boston College, Stanford and Northwestern. I have offers from North Carolina and Stanford. Both Boston College and Northwestern asked me to wait a couple of weeks for them to offer.

But Lemming decided not to wait.

"I sat down and had a good conversation with my parents and we decided that North Carolina would be the right place for me," he said. "I have checked them out academically on the internet. I would like to major in either Pre-Med or Business."

Lemming is also excited about the expansion plans for the ACC.

"I think expanding the ACC to 12 teams is a great idea," he said. "The competition will be great and having a championship game will make it a lot like the Big XII."

Lemming was born in Texas but moved away to California for a few years and moved back. Somewhere he lost his Texas accent. He was recruited locally by SMU as they promised him a scholarship if he visited the campus.

He plays strictly on the offensive line in high school and that is where North Carolina is recruiting him to play.

"I really like Coach Hunter and the entire North Carolina staff," he said. "You can tell that the staff knows what they are doing and that they are going to build a team that will win a championship. I am not going to visit any more schools or go to any camps. I have finished with being recruited."

Ben Lemming
High School: Strake Jesuit, Houston
Height: 6-4
Weight: 270
Position: OL
Bench: 330
Squat: 440

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