CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- North Carolina is among the schools expressing interest in Juwan Truesdale, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound offensive tackle from Myers Park High.
"He's kind of the prototypical left tackle kid," Myers Park head coach Scott Chadwick said. "He's 6-5 and 250 [pounds], has long arms, great feet, and he's very skilled. He just needs to grow into his body and put some weight on. That's his biggest thing right now -- he's 6-5, 250 with no body fat. His physical skills are tremendous -- he's agile, he's athletic, he has great feet."
During his freshman year, Truesdale played left tackle and defensive end on the junior varsity team, but dressed for every varsity contest. He not only made the leap to varsity this past season -- his sophomore year -- but became the blindside protector for an offense that threw the ball a great deal.
"Going into his sophomore year, what we told Juwan was, 'You need to put yourself in position that you're a legitimate starting left tackle at a 4A high school,'" Chadwick said. "He did that.
"We told Juwan for next year, he has to take the step from being a starter and becoming a dominant left tackle. And I think he'll make that jump."
Truesdale finished the 2016 season allowing two sacks on 350 pass plays, according to Chadwick.
Truesdale is awaiting his first offer, but North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest have expressed significant interest.
According to Chadwick, Gunter Brewer, who recruits the Queen City for UNC, has invited Truesdale to camp this coming summer in hopes of earning a scholarship offer. He camped at the school last June.
"I learned a lot of stuff," Truesdale said. "[Offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic] helped me fix a lot of things. I think he's a pretty good coach."
Truesdale returned to UNC for its win over Georgia Tech. It was his first -- and so far only -- live college football game.
"I thought it was very loud," Truesdale said. "The fans were very supportive."
Having grown up a Tar Heel fan, Truesdale says UNC has an edge at this early stage of his recruitment. His feelings have been accentuated by the amount of attention the Heels' staff has shown him, plus it's the only school he has visited thus far.
Truesdale also plays basketball at Myers Park, where he's primarily used for his rebounding and blocking prowess... Truesdale plans to pursuit a college degree in sports medicine.