Target 2004: Brandon Setzer

CHATHAM, Va. – If you listen to UNC's four commitments that are prepping this year at Hargrave, then you can go ahead and pencil Thomasville, N.C., defensive lineman Brandon Setzer onto the Tar Heels' roster for next year.

"Oh yeah, he's going to Carolina," Marcus Hands said.

It's not quite that simple, but Hands, Kenny Price, Khalif Mitchell and Terry Hunter are already working on Setzer in hopes of adding to what promises to be a monumental defensive line class in 2004.

"Right now, Brandon Setzer is the best D-Lineman that I've got," Hargrave coach Robert Prunty said on Thursday. "He's got leverage, he runs well; he just hasn't been pushed. He is going to be a special player."

The 6-foot-6, 290-pound Setzer has official offers from UNC, N.C. State, Tennessee and East Carolina, among others. He has narrowed his list down to two, the Tar Heels and the Wolfpack.

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Hargrave teammate and N.C. State commitment Darrell Blackman is trying to convince Setzer that he belongs in Raleigh.

"He's a great guy, but it's going to be my decision," Setzer said. "Which ever is the best school is going to be the one that is going to get me. It's going to be Carolina or N.C. State, but it's too hard to say right now."

As a senior in high school, Setzer earned all-conference honors with 61 tackles, six sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. His reported time in the 40-yard dash is 4.91 seconds.

Setzer said the Tar Heel coaches like him because he has size, strength, speed and he is a "good person."

"Coach [James] Webster is a down to earth guy," Setzer said. "He's very cool. He's a great friend also. And Coach [John] Bunting, he's fired up and expects a whole lot of things from you."

Along with the previous glowing statement, Prunty also said that Setzer would only get better thanks to his teammates that are waving a Carolina blue flag in his face every day.

"Terry Hunter is going to push him," Prunty said. "Marcus Hands is going to push him. Khalif Mitchell is going to push him. Kenny Price is going to push him. Just being tied up in that bunch is going to breed competition."

Mark your calendar, Setzer said he plans to make his official announcement on Nov. 7.

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