UNC adds experience for 2004

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - With the Tar Heel football team desperately needing to bridge the gap between the younger players coupled with the need for defensive help right away, <I>Inside Carolina</I> learned that North Carolina received two transfer verbal commitments Sunday.

Gerald Sensabaugh (6-2, 210, Kingsport, Tenn./Dobyns-Bennett HS), a two-time all-Southern Conference safety, and linebacker Scott Brumett (6-5, 255, Pioneer, Tenn./Scott Co. HS), who will play tight end at Carolina, will transfer from East Tennessee State and enroll at UNC in January. The two committed during their official visits, making their intentions known while at the Tar Heels' 115-81 basketball win over George Mason at the Smith Center.

Sensabaugh, an all-Southern Conference first-teamer, recorded 74 tackles along with two sacks in 2003. Brumett led ETSU with 94 tackles as a sophomore and had 64 as a junior, including 9.5 for loss.

Sensabaugh had 42 catches for 480 yards during his senior high school season and scored seven touchdowns. He was also the Tennessee long jump champion in 2000. He has a reported 41-inch vertical.

Brumett gained more than 5,000 yards of total offense in four years, accounting for 1,880 of total offense and 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for 614 yards on 123 carries with eight touchdowns, completed 81 passes for 1,259 yards during senior season. Brumett earned all-state honors at linebacker in 1999, and was named All-East Tennessee in 1997, 1998 and 1999. He also excelled in basketball and baseball.

Both rising seniors will be eligible to compete this coming fall.

The Bucs, which finished the 2003 season 5-7, have dissolved their football program because of financial constraints.

"I heard from my coaches that Carolina had offered," said Sensabaugh, who is expected to fill the void left by Dexter Reid next season at starting safety. "Coach [Brad] Lawing and Coach [John] Bunting made me feel right at home. I loved the facilities, the coaching staff and the players.

"They told me they were looking for senior leadership with some older guys that could come in and get the job done right away."

Had it not been for academic qualification issues coming out of high school, Sensabaugh would likely be playing at Tennessee right now; and Brumett, who had an offer from Auburn, decided to follow his then-girlfriend to ETSU.

"I felt like since I had one year [of collegiate eligibility] left, I wanted to use it to the best of my ability," Brumett said. "I know how bad the players want to win and I know we can do that at UNC."

Other than Brumett, sophomore Jon Hamlett will be the only other scholarship tight end on the UNC roster next year.

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