Meet 'The Beast'

HAMLET, N.C. – Last year's loss to Newland (N.C.) Avery High School won't be the last time Greg "The Beast" Elleby plays alongside North Carolina 2005 signee Bryan Dixon. Elleby – a 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive lineman from Tabor City (N.C.) South Columbus – committed to the Tar Heels yesterday during an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill.

"I went up to Chapel Hill yesterday and they offered me," Elleby said from the Shrine Bowl Combine at Richmond County High School on Saturday. "They told me they were going to offer me before I got there. I was thinking about it before I got there and I just thought that I love Carolina and I'm going to commit."

Playing for his childhood favorite and potentially playing with his former teammate definitely were huge factors in the final decision. However, it was the existence of a solid coaching staff that sealed the deal.

"I wanted to go to Carolina because Bryan Dixon goes there and I've been a big fan of them since I was little," said Elleby. "I like Coach [John] Bunting, Coach [Ken] Browning, and Coach [Hal] Hunter – it's a great coaching staff."

Although UNC is Elleby's lone scholarship offer, Virginia Tech, Virginia, East Carolina, and Clemson have talked about future offers. Regardless, Elleby revealed that he is firm with his decision and doesn't plan to visit or camp at any school besides North Carolina.

The Tar Heels' coaching staff plans to plant Elleby along the defensive line where he recorded 65 tackles (16 for a loss) for South Columbus High School last season. With Elleby in the trenches and Dixon in the secondary, South Columbus boasted a 9-2 record.

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