CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Four-star running back Khalan Laborn has set an announcement date -- June 3. Now, his focus is producing a finalists list.
Laborn, a 5-foot-10, 199-pounder, originally planned to commit on June 1, his birthday. Realizing a midweek ceremony would be undesirable, he pushed the date to the following Friday.
In early May, Laborn will unveil the five schools that will be represented by hats on June 3. When asked on Sunday if any schools are guaranteed a spot within that final five, he said, “Not that I know of.”
“I’m just making sure I get along with the coaches, the players, have a good chance of starting, have some good playing time, and make sure my family can show up,” Laborn said.
Laborn did reveal that Florida State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech are recruiting him the hardest.
Amid determining his college destination, Laborn is also figuring out where he’ll play his senior season. He’s currently enrolled at Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook.
“I am [in NC] right now, but anything could change,” Laborn said. “If I stay here, it will probably be Shelby or Mallard Creek – I’m not sure yet. But if I go back [to Virginia] it will be Bishop Sullivan.”
Laborn began his prep career at Virginia Beach (Va.) Cox, but eventually transferred cross town to Ocean Lakes. His head coach at Ocean Lakes, Chris Scott, became Bishop Sullivan’s head coach this offseason.
In mid-March, Laborn made his most recent visit to UNC. The trip was a makeup from a missed junior day.
“It was a great experience,” Laborn said. “I got to see my cousin, [Marquise Williams], and I talked to him a little bit. I talked to Coach [Larry] Porter and Coach [Larry] Fedora, and they still have high interest in me.”
Laborn didn’t learn that he and Williams were related until a couple of years ago. Still, Laborn values Williams’s perspective.
“He was like, ‘Carolina is a great school academic-wise and athletic-wise,’” Laborn said.
Although UNC was hosting its coaching clinic the day of Laborn’s visit, Fedora ensured to make time to meet at length with Laborn.
“He was like, ‘We want you here, stay in-state. We know you have family in Shelby and they’ll be able to make it to your games,’” Laborn said. “And then he said, ‘We’ll take care of you and help you with your school if you have problems with school.’”
The experience did nothing but help UNC’s chances with Laborn.
“They’re pretty high,” Laborn said. “But everything is still open.”
UNC’s commitment list already includes a four-star running back – Adarius Lemon.
“If you have two people that can get it done and complement each other, I’m fine with that,” Laborn said. “I prefer to get 25 carries a game. [If a school has two running backs committed], it makes me look at different things, like how is it going to look like. If I’m committed there and he’s committed there, then we’re just going to have to work as a team.”