GREENSBORO, N.C. --- North Carolina, a school Alan Tisdale "loves," is the most recent program to offer the 6-foot-3, 190-pound linebacker from Page High School.
"He's a great player and even better kid," Page head coach Kevin Gillispie said. "For us, he's going to play inside [linebacker]. I think at the next level, he's more of an outside guy. And I've even had some coaches talk about having him play the hybrid weak-side defensive end/linebacker; they think he can grow into that. He's a versatile guy; he can do a lot of different things."
Tisdale was promoted to varsity prior to his sophomore season to compete for time at safety. Midway through the season, Page's middle linebacker tore his ACL and Tisdale filled the void.
"When they moved me down to middle, that's when I just started going off," Tisdale said.
Tisdale went off to the tune of 142 tackles, including six sacks, plus a pair of interceptions. He returned one of his INTs for a touchdown.
Although Tisdale's performance at Fedora's Freak Show didn't immediately yield a North Carolina scholarship offer, one was extended by the end of the weekend.
"They said they loved my film and they wanted to see me in person to see what I can do," Tisdale said. "So they told me to go to the Freak Show. I guess they saw what they needed.
"I love UNC. I like the environment. The coaches always show me love when I take a visit."
East Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest have also offered Tisdale. He's hoping that Clemson and Georgia join that fray.
Besides the Freak Show, Tisdale camped at Clemson and NC State this summer.
"For the Freak Show, UNC chooses their [campers]," Tisdale said. "It's all people that have offers from UNC. So, it's high competition.
"It's different than other camps, because it's in a stadium and the college players are working with you, too. And, it's at night."
Ostensibly, Page pumps out an FBS prospect every year. Of those, Tisdale is closest with current teammate Javon Leake.
"Javon is always joking around saying, 'Alan, I want you to come with me wherever I commit,'" Tisdale said.
According to Tisdale, when Leake talks specific schools Tennessee is the program most mentioned.
Tisdale plans to major in international business in college. "I'm taking a business class now and I just love business," Tisdale said... Tisdale plans to join the track team during his junior year and compete in the 400-meter dash... Growing up, Tisdale rooted for Florida State and specifically idolized Jalen Ramsey, who was recently drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars.