UNC Is The Place For Cabrera

Josh Cabrera became the second wide receiver to verbally commit to North Carolina in as many weeks.

"I just called Coach [Dan] Disch and committed," Cabrera said. "I'm about to call Coach [Larry] Fedora in a minute when my parents get home. [My parents] were telling me to go ahead [and commit], because they knew the way I was feeling.

"[Disch] was really excited and he said he's been waiting on it and it made him real happy."

Cabrera, a 6-foot-3, 184-pound wide receiver from Jacksonville (N.C.) Northside, selected UNC over co-finalists Duke and Virginia Tech.

"It was just the program itself [at UNC] and how family oriented they are," Cabrera said. "And I like the whole organization and I feel at home when I'm there. I just like how they do things. They're very organized."

Publicly, Cabrera never claimed a leader, but he revealed that he began leaning towards UNC back during the Winter Evaluation Period.

"When Coach Disch had come down to visit and talked to my coach I started to like them," Cabrera said. "I started to talk to him more often on the phone. He's just funny and down to earth."

Those feelings only grew when Cabrera visited UNC in December.

"When I visited the campus, that was really it," Cabrera said. "I went for a basketball game and I liked it a lot."

Cabrera's most recent visit took place in June for Fedora's Freak Show. It marked the first time he was able to work out under Gunter Brewer, UNC's wide receivers coach.

"I got to see how all the coaches coach and how they work with you," Cabrera said. "I also saw what they expect out of their players."

Earlier in the month, Carbrera realized it was time to get serious about his recruitment. He named finalists and set the goal of committing before his football season kicked off.

"I talked it over with my family and what not and I just decided that I know what I want," Cabrera said. "I think UNC is the place for me. I was just thinking for sure that that's where I wanted to go. I knew that's where I wanted to be, but I want to make sure there was no doubt in my mind."

Now that he has made the decision, Cabrera feels a weight has been lifted off his chest.

"I feel relieved," Cabrera said. "I can get focused on my season now and don't have to worry about other stuff with recruiting."

Cabrera says UNC is the only school he'll visit. He plans to attend games in Kenan Stadium this fall, but is unsure which ones.

"He's a good, tall receiver," Northside head coach Bob Eason said. "… He's athletic. He has a good forty time – like 4.6 [seconds] – but great game speed. [He has] real soft, smooth hands. He goes up and gets the ball at its highest point. He does everything that you want to see a receiver do. Josh can run a lot of different routes – he can go for the long ball, he's great on the seam, and middle routes. He can also run the ball on jet sweeps. He's a good weapon on offense."

Cabrera concluded his junior campaign with 30 receptions for 600 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also had seven interceptions on defense and returned punts.

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Don Callahan Scouting Report:
Cabrera is a smooth, well-rounded wide receiver capable of executing everything an offense could possibly ask of him – on a fly route he'll track the pass and make an over-the-shoulder grab, he'll take an end-around or quick screen 60-70 yards to pay dirt, he'll pull in jump balls in the red zone, he'll go across the middle to move the chains on third down, etc. He's a very good route runner with solid hands. When making the reception, he consistently reaches out and catches the ball with his hands away from his body. At a self-reported 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, he's on the slender side and thus would benefit from added bulk, but he doesn't possess the wide frame to support significant weight gain.

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