Draughn Commits To UNC

Continuing with its strong in-state momentum, North Carolina received a commitment Wednesday from Shaun Draughn, a 6-foot, 195-pound versatile athlete from Tarboro (N.C.).

"Yeah, its true – I committed [to North Carolina]," said Draughn. "They told me at camp that they were impressed by what they saw in camp, but they were really impressed by my highlight tape – that's what really impressed them. They asked me where I wanted to play if I came there; I told them it wouldn't matter – it's between DB and running back."

Draughn's pledge is another verbal commitment spawned after receiving an offer after a solid camp performance.

"They offered me at the [three-day] camp that just past," said Draughn. "Before the last practice of camp Coach [John] Bunting took me around campus and he was showing me around. He told me that they really liked me and that they had a scholarship waiting for me. I was like ‘Ok I accept that, I want it.' He brought me back to the camp and I got the scholarship from him."

For Draughn, there were three factors that forced a commitment so quickly.

"I love the tradition," said Draughn. "I liked the campus, too – it's a great atmosphere. The coaches are really down to earth I like the coaches and stuff."

East Carolina is the only other division I-A school to extend Draughn a scholarship offer, but Draughn revealed interest was beginning to pick up.

Draughn first opened eyes on the combine circuit. Attending both the Shrine Bowl and Elite 8 combines, Draughn clocked a 4.52-second and 4.59-second 40-yard dash times and 4.34-second and 4.29-second 20-yard shuttle times. He also rep'd 185 pounds 22 times.

Last season, while playing quarterback, defensive back, linebacker and tailback, Draughn won Eastern Plains Offensive Player of the Year, Daily Southern Player of the Year, and Red Player of the Week honors. He rushed for 952 yards and 18 touchdowns.

He was invited to the Shrine Bowl Invitation Practice to tryout as a fullback and tailback.

Draughn is UNC's sixth commitment to date from the class of 2006 – all of which have come from in-state.

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