Massenburg Right On Track

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina 2005 signee Darrius Massenburg displayed his wares on Tuesday against a UNC junior varsity squad that included quarterback Joey Bozich, guard Calvin Darity, tackle Garrett Reynolds and fullback Michael Briggs.

Hargrave Military Academy (4-1) dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball as the Tigers won easily, 34-7.

The Tar Heels' only touchdown came via a Jay Spence pass to Justin Henderson, on a drive set up by a Michael Felder interception and return in the third quarter.

Immediately following the game, John Bunting congratulated Hargrave coach Robert Prunty.

North Carolina 2005 signee Darrius Massenburg was effective both at defensive tackle and end, and was frequently moved back and forth early, when the game was still in question.

On one particular play, he was rushing UNC's Ben Johnson and got cut blocked, but immediately bounced back up to break up Johnson's pass attempt.

Massenburg, at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, appeared capable of making an impact at the collegiate level right now.

"He's doing great," Prunty said. "He's playing great. He gets off of the ball well. He's going to be a special player – you can tell. He's going to give Carolina another good pass rusher. He's ahead in his pass rushing against the run, but he's very quick, agile and a hard worker.

"He could be a tight end or a defensive end – he's just so athletic. They're getting an athletic lineman who can get up field. He's a ‘get to the quarterback' kind of guy."

As was reported by Inside Carolina back on Aug. 22, Massenburg has been doing exceptionally well scholastically at Hargrave.

"His grades are great," Prunty said. "I think he had four ‘Bs' and one ‘C.' He's doing great. He's taking care of the little things to take care of the big things. We're very proud of him."

However, Prunty also said Massenburg would need to spend the spring semester at Hargrave before he would be able to matriculate to UNC next summer.

"He's got to go the whole year," Prunty said.

Meanwhile, Massenburg appeared more than ready to contribute to a Division I football program athletically. The UNC junior varsity squad had no answer for Massenburg, who had his way most of the afternoon.

After the game he said he was on track to join the Tar Heels next season.

"It feels good to come back and see home again," Massenburg said. "Today they let everybody play, so it was kind of equal everywhere. I didn't get to play as much as a normally do."

Earlier this season, defensive lineman Ernie Hodge was apparently close to an offer from UNC. Hodge, who played linebacker in high school, started as a defensive end at Hargrave and now plays defensive tackle, said he is waiting on a scholarship offer from UNC.

But it didn't come on Tuesday, although Hodge said he did speak briefly with UNC assistant coach Kenny Browning.

"I don't even know yet," Hodge said. "I'm wide open. I talked to Coach Browning, but he really didn't say much. Carolina is somebody I'm really thinking about."

Hodge said if he doesn't get an offer from Carolina, he'll probably end up at "Ohio, Kent, Marshall or somebody like that."

Hargrave five-star wide receiver Vidal Hazelton also holds an offer from UNC.

J.B. Cissell contributed to this report.

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