UNC No. 1 for 2014 Fla. Prospect

To say that North Carolina has emerged as an early leader for Jacob Pughe, a 2014 prospect, would be an understatement.

"Actually, I love North Carolina," Pughe said. "I talk to my mom about it all the time. She doesn't like how far away it is, but at the same time she said it's my decision. I'm feeling North Carolina – that's the only college that I'm really feeling right now. They're No. 1 most definitely.

"The education is awesome – that's the biggest part of it. They have good coaches – they have some great coaches up there."

UNC is one of two schools to have thus far verbally offered Pughe, a 6-foot-3, 196-pounder from Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby, a scholarship. Vanderbilt is the other school to have offered. He is also receiving significant interest from most of the schools in the ACC and SEC.

Despite having a firm leader, Pughe doesn't anticipate making a verbal commitment until next summer – at the earliest.

"My mom and I, we're going to talk about it and do whatever is best for me," Pughe said.

During the Spring Evaluation Period, Dan Disch verbally offered Pughe. In spite of the offer, Disch asked Pughe to participate in a UNC camp so that the coaching staff could better assess his best position within the 4-2-5 defense. After working him out, the Tar Heels' coaching staff decided on the Bandit position, a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end.

"I love [the Bandit position]," Pughe said. "It's fun. I like coming off the edge and going and getting the quarterback. I like flying off the edge and making sacks."

Pughe primarily plays outside linebacker for Godby. However, he played a position similar to UNC's Bandit at Monticello (Fla.) Jefferson, the school he transferred from this past offseason.

Prior to UNC's camp, Disch gave Pughe and his Godby teammates Charles Gaskin ('14 DB), Luke Helms ('13 LB), Kristopher Harris ('14 LB), and J.T. Bradwell ('14 QB), a tour of UNC's campus.

"It's nice – I loved it," Pughe said. "I like the Old Well. It looked like a pretty nice environment. I haven't actually been up there and stayed, but the little time that was up there I enjoyed it. The stadium is real nice."

Throughout the tour, Disch obviously conversed with Pughe.

"He was just talking about the people that [UNC] has sent to the NFL," Pughe said. "He showed me their film rooms and their educational environment."

Following his participation in camp, Pughe was pulled aside by Larry Fedora.

"He was just saying that I have pretty good size," Pughe said. "He was just saying that he hoped to see me a Tar Heel. He liked the way I preformed at the camp."

Besides UNC, Pughe and his teammates camped at Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

This Saturday, Pughe will attend his first college football game – Florida State vs. Wake Forest in Tallahassee.

"We'll probably make it to one of North Carolina's games depending on my mom's schedule," Pughe said.

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