Paschal commits to Carolina

Mark Paschal has committed to North Carolina. The 6-2, 227-pound Charlotte (N.C.) Latin FB/LB is the Tar Heels' 14th commitment from the class of 2005. <br><br><center>(<b>Video clips included in story</b>)</center>

"We were just getting ready to step out onto the practice field last night when Mark told me, 'Coach, I just want to let you know that I've committed to Carolina,'" Charlotte Latin coach Larry McNulty said.

Paschal had offers from UCLA, Georgia Tech, Clemson and South Carolina.

"He's a very talented young guy -- this is the culmination of a lot interest that took place after we sent film out last spring," McNulty said. "The number of people that showed interest was flattering."

Mark is the son of Doug Paschal, a former Tar Heel running back who was drafted in 1980 by the Minnesota Vikings and played two seasons with the NFL team.

Paschal is projected to play fullback or linebacker in college.

"I think they're looking at him as an athlete and then will plug him at a position," McNulty said. "He is a fullback/linebacker, but mostly the people that recruited him were looking at him on the offensive side of the ball.

"He's got exceptional speed. He's 300-plus pound bench presser, and an excellent passer. Carolina has gotten somebody with a great deal of versatility."

As a junior, Paschal amassed solid statistics for a fullback. He rushed for 1,397 yards and 26 touchdowns, averaging around 9 yards a carry. He also garnered over 100 tackles.

"He's been a key player for us," McNulty said. "Now I think Mark is just happy to have this behind him so he can focus on the rest of the season."

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