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UNC Football Class of 2017 Signee: LB Jeremiah Gemmel

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at the Tar Heel signee.

BIO: Recorded 101 tackles including 13 for loss to go along with four sacks and five blocked kicks his senior season. •  Added six touchdowns on offense, including a game-winning catch to beat Arabia Mountain • Earned first-team all-state honors in the 7A classification, the highest in Georgia, and was named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s All-Metro team as a senior • Named the 2016 Newnan Times-Herald Defensive Player of the Year • Considered the No. 33 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 45 player in the state of Georgia by 247sports.com • ESPN.com lists him as the No. 72 outside linebacker nationally • Ranked the No. 13 outside linebacker in Georgia, No. 37 in the South and No. 88 nationally by Scout.com • Earned honorable mention all-state honors as a junior after leading the team with 95 tackles • Earned all-county honors as a junior and senior


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RECRUITMENT: By the end of his recruitment, the likes of Florida, Indiana, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, UNC, Tennessee, and South Carolina had offered Gemmel. A visit to Chapel Hill for the Tar Heels’ Spring Game put Gemmel on the path to committing to UNC. He nearly pulled the trigger when he returned for Fedora’s Freak Show. Instead, he pledged to the Heels in early July.

WHY CAROLINA: "They really emphasized family. They're a family team. It's not about getting a bunch of recruits in to start a huge football factory, like some other schools are. When I started to talk to Coach Kap(ilovic), he had a great personality and I was like, 'I have to give UNC a chance.' I went up there, and I fell in love."

EVALUATION: At 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Gemmel is a tough, sturdy linebacker, who could play anywhere within the linebacking corps. He excels in stopping the run, but also has the athleticism to run with receivers and ‘backs in man coverage. Against the run, he aggressively takes on lead blockers and is quick to fill downhill. When he reaches the ball carrier, he flashes some pop on contact.

HS COACH QUOTES: “A lot of kids have a fast 40(-yard dash) time, but they don’t play at that speed. Jeremiah has very functional speed – he can play as fast as he is. He has really good instincts and ball skills, and I think he’s an outside-type linebacker who can be really good in space. I think he’s athletic enough to play safety, but he’ll be a great linebacker. He reminds me a lot of a kid named Wesley Woodyard who plays for the Tennessee Titans. I coached Wesley at LaGrange High School. Jeremiah needs to get a little bigger, and we expect that to happen in college. I think he’ll help UNC on special teams early. He’s a really good player there and I think he’s blocked 13 kicks in the three years I’ve been here.” — Steve Pardue, East Coweta HS 

UNC HC LARRY FEDORA QUOTES: "Jeremiah, has been fun to get to know him, his family. He came to the Freak Show last year and really showed out. Covered every running back that was here. That’s when he impressed most of the guys on our football team because our whole team is out there watching the Freak Show and they got excited about him."

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: Off of film alone, the UNC defensive staff offered Gemmel. But, they wouldn’t accept a commitment from him until he was evaluated in person. … Read the full subscriber-only report 


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