Setzer eyeing Carolina, others

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--With the intense fanfare surrounding UNC recruits at Hargrave Military Academy, most have focused on the four commitments: Kenny Price, Khalif Mitchell, Terry Hunter, and Marcus Hands. Could a fifth highly talented defensive lineman be joining that group?

"I'm considering State, Carolina, Virginia Tech and Tennessee right now," Brandon Setzer said on the field at Kenan Stadium Sunday. "I don't have a leader."

Setzer is listed as a 6-6 (which seems high), 290-pound defensive lineman. Lineman is the operative word, as Setzer is equally effective at defensive end (where he was primarily utilized against the UNC JV team) and defensive tackle. His versatility is one of the things that he cites as a strength when discussing his own game.

"My strengths are the fact that I can play any position on the line, and my quickness off the ball," Setzer said. "My weakness is my weight, keeping it where it needs to be."

Setzer's weight certainly didn't seem to slow him down on Sunday, when he terrorized the UNC JV offensive line. Playing about half of the available snaps, Setzer tallied four tackles, one and a half sacks, and multiple quarterback pressures. On one memorable play, Setzer and UNC commitment Terry Hunter met at QB Landon Mariani for a crushing sack.

What is the most important factor in the recruiting process as far as Setzer is concerned?

"Academics," he said. "I want to study Sports Management, the business part of sports."

With four teammates coming to UNC, the Carolina coaching staff has several embedded aides in the effort to bring Setzer, and others, to Chapel Hill.

"Oh yes. The team morale is incredible," Kenny Price said. "We're trying to get other people to come to UNC. It's incredible. All four of us will watch TV together and talk about the players that we've met here on our visits. Everybody is like, 'They are 0-4, 0-5, 0-6.' I said, 'You know what: if you are on the team with us, we'll be a lot better than that.' They were like, 'Yeah, I think you're right,' and some of them are talking to the coach right now."

When it comes to Setzer, however, even his teammates don't seem to have a read on where he'll end up.

Khalif Mitchell, for instance, notes, "We're talking to Brandon. He's still--I wouldn't say confused--but he is still trying to see what his options are. But he's very strong on Carolina."

No one summarizes the situation more accurately than Marcus Hands, however.

"He said he's thinking about it, but I don't know what his next move is going to be."

And apparently, neither does Setzer.

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