Hands says he'll enroll this summer

North Carolina 2003/2004 defensive end signee Marcus Hands told <I>Inside Carolina</I> that he will enroll this summer, ending months of speculation concerning his academic standing and likelihood of joining the Tar Heels.

"I'll definitely be in school there this summer," he said following a visit to Chapel Hill this past weekend for the Spring Game. "Everything is going great."

Hands, along with enrolled Tar Heels' Terry Hunter and Khalif Mitchell, spent the last season prepping at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va.; after failing to qualify academically following his senior year at Wilmington Laney High School.

His comments concur with those of his mother, Shirley Hands, who told IC via a telephone interview on March 15, that things "looked really good" for her son's matriculation to UNC.

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.


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