Family Ties

ATLANTA --- The name "Stackhouse" is synonymous with North Carolina -- on the basketball court. That might change with Jerry's son, Jaye, who is being recruited by the Tar Heels' football program.

"Family connections are pretty strong, because not only did my dad go there, but my mom went there," Stackhouse said. "And I've had cousins that have gone there. So it's huge – that's where all my family has been."

Stackhouse, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, plays cornerback, where he intercepted five passes as a junior as Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett reached the GHSA 6A Championship game.

While family connections are important, that doesn't mean that Stackhouse would immediately jump on a scholarship offer from UNC.

"When I was younger, I thought if I've ever had a choice, I'd go to UNC for basketball and Florida State for football, because my uncle went to Florida State," Stackhouse said. "That's another family tie I have."

Stackhouse's connections to UNC extend beyond "family."

"Donnie Miles, who went to North Gwinnett, he's like a brother to me," Stackhouse said. "So when I go up to visit him, I've pretty much met the whole coaching staff. Coach Vic [Koenning] and Coach [Dan] Disch are really cool – all of them are really cool, actually."

Since the initial introduction, Stackhouse and UNC's coaching staff have stayed in regular contact.

"They said an offer is possible," Stackhouse said. "They just want to stay in contact and keep watching me.

"They've said that I could bring size to either the corner position or safety position."

Stackhouse is awaiting his first scholarship offer, but is receiving interest from Cincinnati, Missouri, Nebraska, and Tennessee, in addition to UNC.

When asked how many times he has visited UNC, Stackhouse immediately laughs.

"Probably 40-50 times, because we've lived there and with Donnie there now it's been a lot," Stackhouse said.

Stackhouse's UNC visits include football games – as a recruit. He also visited Tennessee when the Volunteers hosted South Carolina.

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