Mizzell Considering UNC OV

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. --- The North Carolina coaching staff hasn't let up in its pursuit of Taquan "Smoke" Mizzell, in spite of his pledge to Virginia.

"Ever since I committed to UVa, all the schools have said they're not going to give up at all," Mizzell said. "Coach [Randy Jordan] calls me every week. I still talk to him and hear him out. I still talk to [Larry Fedora] and hear him out, too. And I talk to the offensive coordinator, [Blake Anderson]."

In late August, Mizzell, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete from Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside, verbally committed to Virginia, his long time leader, over fellow finalists Clemson, UNC, and West Virginia.

Mizzell says that his decision to keep a dialogue open with UNC has nothing to do with Virginia's disappointing season. After opening the season with two victories, the Cavaliers have dropped the last six games.

"I like North Carolina, but right now I'm solid to UVa," Mizzell said. "[The UNC coaches] are just saying they're going to change my mind. So I'm just giving them a chance to hear them out."

According to Mizzell, he and Jordan, his primary recruiter, speak every Thursday.

Mizzell, who took an unofficial visit to UNC in mid-July and returned for the Tar Heels' seven-on-seven camp, says "there's a chance" he could make a future trip to Chapel Hill.

"I was going to try to make it up for the North Carolina-Virginia Tech game, but some things came up," Mizzell said. "It's a possibility I could visit again. It could be an official visit – I'm not sure, though."

Mizzell starts at running back and defensive back for Bayside. On Friday he rushed for four touchdowns, which extended his streak to three straight games with at least three touchdowns.

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