According to Inside Carolina sources, four-star running back Adarius Lemons verbally committed to North Carolina while visiting the school on Thursday.
Lemons, 6-foot-1, 185-pounder from Clearwater (Fla.), selected UNC over scholarship offers from more than two dozen schools including Auburn, Iowa, LSU, Miami, Ole Miss, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.
He is ranked the No. 20 running back in the nation, the No. 4 running back in Florida, and a national top 300 overall prospect by Scout.com.
Lemons had favored UNC for sometime, stemming from his relationship with Tar Heel assistant coach Chad Scott. Scott grew up in Plant City, which is less than an hour east of Clearwater, and played running back for the Tar Heels during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. As a Kentucky assistant coach, Scott began recruiting Lemons. Scott’s efforts, though, increased when he returned to UNC as an assistant coach in January, according to Lemons.
As a junior, Lemons rushed for 1,054 yards and 11 touchdowns on 135 carries (7.8-yard average). He also caught nine passes for 38 yards.