Where To Play Jolly?

No matter where Tarvorris Jolly goes, there always seems to be issues with determining his position. His 5-foot-11, 180-pound frame matched with his speed and athleticism easily transfer to a handful of positions on the football field.

The latest position problems occurred a week ago during the Shrine Bowl Invitation Practice.

"I don't like my Shrine Bowl position," said Jolly. "At first I worked out as a receiver – I was planning on being a receiver in the Shrine Bowl, but as I came here today I asked them if I could change my position – I want to be a DB. They told me to go to whatever position that best fits me. So I tried out as a halfback.

"I don't like the type of offense [the Shrine Bowl runs]. [The strong competition at tailback] doesn't make any difference to me. I just want to be on defense – I want to hit."

Although most of the practice was spent working on running plays with the running backs, Jolly eventually received the opportunity to play cornerback during 11-on-11 drills, where he didn't see a pass thrown in his direction. Also, Jolly was used quite a bit as a receiving option coming out of the backfield.

North Carolina – the school Jolly committed to back in April - is also having difficulty with position selection. The Tar Heels' coaching staff, who basically recruited Jolly as an athlete, plan to get a better feel for his ability and potential during their summer camp.

"I talked to Coach [Andre] Powell, he told me he doesn't know [my position] yet," said Jolly. "He said I could be a two-way player – run the ball a little bit and play DB, too. They just want to see me in camp and find out where I'll fit. They said they are going to work me at receiver and DB [in camp]. I prefer DB, though – I just like defense, period."

Solid in his pledge to the Tar Heels, Jolly has begun working as an extended member of the UNC recruiting staff starting with a close friend and fellow Shelby (N.C.) native.

"You know I'm talking to Brandon Spikes," said Jolly. "I got to stay on him. I haven't been successful so far, but I'm going to keep on."

According to Jolly, colleges continue to inquire about him, but his head coach informs each coach of his firm commitment.

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