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UNC Remains on USC Pledge Mychale Salahuddin's Radar

The D.C. running back hopes to return to Chapel Hill this month.

MATTHEWS, N.C. --- Despite his commitment to Southern Cal, four-star running back Mychale Salahuddin remains in play for North Carolina.

"Tar Heels are definitely still on my radar," the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder from Washington (D.C.) Woodson said. "Me, Coach JP [John Papuchis], Coach [DeAndre] Smith -- still strong relationships with them. So, I definitely still have to stay in contact with them and keep my interest high with them."

That includes visiting UNC. 

"UNC is about a four-hour drive, so it's definitely under consideration for a visit," Salahuddin said. "I'm definitely trying to plan something. I don't have anything set, but I'm definitely trying to work on something."

Salahuddin, who has already visited UNC three times this offseason, says he hopes to schedule a trip in July.

"I just want to learn about the academic standpoint of the whole situation," Salahuddin said. "When I went down there, they were kind of in the rebuilding process of the whole stadium and transition to the Jordan [Brand]. So, [when I visited before] I kind of went down there on a transition stage. So, hopefully when I get down there, they have everything set and ready to see."

Salahuddin says he last spoke to Smith, UNC's running backs coach, last weekend, and Papuchis, who recruits D.C. for the Heels, a couple of weeks ago. Salahuddin said he initiated the most recent conversation with Smith.

"They said they know I'm committed, but they still want me to keep in contact with them and still weigh my options," Salahuddin said.

Salahuddin committed to USC while visiting the school in late June.

"I'm very high on my commitment right now," Salahuddin said. "I'm very interested in USC. I got wowed when I went down on the visit on the academic portion of the situation down there and I'm very interested."

USC's proximity to Salahuddin's family is the primary reason the door remains open.

"Distance is always going to play a factory, because I want my family to go to every game," Salahuddin said. "Going to USC, they're only going to be able to go to the biggest games that I have. The distance is a small factor, but I'm still trying to make a good decision for my future."

In addition to UNC and USC, Salahuddin says Maryland "of course" is in the picture, as well as Baylor, Florida, Michigan, and a couple other schools.

Two of Salahuddin's teammates are committed to Maryland -- Noah Boykin and Vincent Flythe.

"I definitely think about Maryland a lot," Salahuddin said. "Just being able to go up there with those guys and put on for the city, it's definitely a thought I think about."

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