Jumbo Athletes Discusses UNC Offer

North Carolina offered Iowa State verbal commitment Seth Nerness on Sunday.

“Coach [Gunter] Brewer called me,” Nerness said. “He just said that they had decided to pull the trigger and offer me a scholarship to play for the University of North Carolina.”

The offer is Nerness’s third since moving to North Carolina over the summer. The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder has also picked up offers from Louisville and West Virginia.

“It means a lot to me personally,” Nerness said. “Before I came out here, I was an eight-man football player in Iowa. To come out here and get these offers, it showed me that I can play at the next level. And that’s a blessing.”

Nerness spent his first three prep years at Murray (Iowa) High School, where his graduating class was about 30 students. The weekend following the Fourth of July, he moved in with his uncle, who teaches at Huntersville (N.C.) SouthLake Christian.

“[The move] was more to develop as a person and become more responsible,” Nerness said.

Thus far, Nerness’s brief stay has been enjoyable.

“I really like the state,” Nerness said. “It’s a nice state. I’m really enjoying my time. I have family here and I’m making a lot of friends.”

Nerness has been verbally committed to Iowa State since June. He’s not ready to comment on how these new offers – specifically the UNC offer – affects the status of that commitment.

Along those lines, Nerness isn’t prepared to say whether he’ll visit UNC.

The Tar Heels’ coaching staff is recruiting Nerness as a jumbo athlete. Brewer has mentioned several positions to Nerness, including along the defensive line and tight end.

“They said defensive end, but they said that could change,” Nerness said. “They said I could easily be an athlete. I’m now running a 4.49 40[-yard dash] and I’m about 6-5, 230 [pounds].”

Most schools are recruiting Nerness as a defensive end. One of the exceptions is Louisville, which plans to convert him to outside linebacker.

“As long as I’m on defense and I can hit somebody, I’ll be happy,” Nerness said.

While at Murray, Nerness played running back. Once at SouthLake Christian, he was moved to defensive end and began playing 11-man football for the first time.

“Honestly, I thought it was a lot slower,” Nerness said. “I’m used to going both ways offense, defense – fullback, running back, split out to wide receiver and then turn around and play special teams and then go to defense. I’m used to playing a full 48 minutes.”

Nerness concluded his senior season with 13 sacks as SouthLake Christian repeated as NCSIAA 11-Man, Division II Champions.

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