Learning Experience for Summers

CHATHAM, Va. --- During his five months at Hargrave Military Academy, North Carolina verbal commitment James Summers has learned a lot of life lessons.

"I learned a lot," Summers said with a laugh. "I learned that everything is not given to you – there are a lot of guys out there working at the same position you play in. There are a lot of things you have to do to get to the next level. I've learned discipline. I've learned to not take anything for granted.

"You have a lot of time to think here."

Summers, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound athlete, signed with UNC last February out of Greensboro (N.C.) Page High School. When he failed to qualify, he was sent to prep at Hargrave this past semester where he is retaking several core high school classes with the goal of bolstering his core GPA. He's also taking a reading class, which is basically an ACT/SAT prep class.

The first round of ACT and SAT test taking didn't move Summers into qualifying status. However, he'll take both tests again in this month. Those test scores will be known in time to determine whether Summers is able to enroll at UNC in the spring semester.

"I'm pretty confident that I'll get to where I need to be, because my classes are going pretty good," Summers said.

Although the plan is to enroll in January, Summers has begun to think about alternative routes if he's not qualified in time.

"I'll try to work it out to stay here [at Hargrave] for the rest of the year," Summers said. "And then I'll just come in [to UNC] in the summer – in July."

The extra time at Hargrave would provide Summers another semester to retake core high school classes, while also giving him multiple chances to improve his scores in the SAT and ACT.

The UNC coaching staff has kept in contact with Summers every week since he arrived at Hargrave in August, namely Blake Anderson, Randy Jordan, and Marcus Berry.

"They're just motivating me to go ahead and get qualified so I can enroll in January," Summers said. "… They're just making sure I get qualified."

Summers says that his projected position at UNC has not been a topic of conversation with the Tar Heel coaches.

"I might come in as a quarterback, but I might be moved to another position," Summers said. "It could be safety, it could be receiver. Wherever they need me, I'm willing to play anything."

Summers starred at quarterback for Page, leading them to a NCHSAA 4AA State title as a senior. This past season at Hargrave, he exclusively played quarterback. On Monday during Hargrave's Winter Workout, he ran routes at receiver during individual position drills. On the roster for the inter-squad scrimmage, which he didn't participate in despite being dressed and on the sidelines, Summers was listed as a quarterback for both teams.

"[The Winter Workout] is really for the guys looking for a school," he said. James Summers Profile

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