‘It looks really good' for Hands

While not official yet, it appears that North Carolina's 2003 and 2004 signee Marcus Hands is close to fulfilling his dream of becoming a Tar Heel.

Marcus Hands still has to complete his spring semester coursework at Hargrave Military Academy, but according to his mother, as well as other sources, Hands is in excellent shape to matriculate to UNC this fall.

"He still has to finish out the semester," Shirley Hands told Inside Carolina from her Wilmington home on Sunday. "But it looks really, really good."

The 6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive end, rated as a three-star recruit by The Insiders, has now apparently conquered a long battle with academic qualification issues, and will be able to help a Tar Heels' defense in desperate need of his ability.

With teammate Kenny Price reported to be having a straight-A year according to UNC coach John Bunting, Hands would be the final member of the "Hargrave Four" to fulfill his North Carolina football commitment.

Hands, named one of the top 25 players in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer and a member of the Shrine Bowl Team, was also selected as one of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution's Top 100 players in the South.

Hands finished his senior season at Laney High School with 62 solo tackles, 10 sacks, five forced fumbles, one interception, two blocked field goals and a blocked punt. He recorded 38 solo tackles, three sacks, three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles for a team that went 15-1 and reached the state 4-A title game for the first time in school history during his junior season.

Senior writer Andy Britt is in his second year with Inside Carolina. His work has appeared in newspapers across the country such as The Raleigh News & Observer, The Chapel Hill News, The State (Columbia, S.C.), The Seattle Times, The Houston Chronicle and The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. He can be reached at a.j.britt@mindspring.com.

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