Tomorrow Is Big Day For In-State TB

One of the more mysterious in-state prospects has triggered the recruiting radar of the North Carolina coaching staff. Tailback James Smoot from Concord (N.C.) Central Cabarrus, only played in two games last season due to injury, but he hopes to make up ground at UNC camp on Friday.

However, evaluations of Smoot (5-11, 190) in brief junior action and during the D-I camp have intrigued the Tar Heels' coaching staff enough to go out of its way and invite him to Chapel Hill.

"I talk to a couple of the coaches," said Smoot. "They told me they are going to watch how I do this season; and if I do well, I'll get an offer. They came down to my school and invited me to their camp."

When Smoot travels to Chapel Hill this weekend, it will be his first experience of the campus.

Virginia Tech was one of the first schools to discover Smoot and for their efforts have earned the title as his early leader. Regardless, Smoot is very much interested in North Carolina, but admits his knowledge is limited.

"I think they had a pretty good year last year," said Smoot. "That's the hometown team, so I've always been a Carolina fan."

Despite only playing in two games, Smoot was still able to score three touchdowns and almost reached the 300-yard mark. Central Cabarrus head coach Glen Cook will honor recruiters wishes and give Smoot the ball plenty during his senior season.

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