OL Embodies 'New Breed' At UNC

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Big, athletic and versatile; that's what you want protecting the passer and opening holes for ball carriers. Michael Ingersoll, the latest of 27 known North Carolina football commits for 2006, is a tight end being groomed for offensive tackle who believes he's ready to make an impact for the Tar Heels.

Ingersoll, a Shrine Bowl honoree, certainly resembles his assertion.

The things that strike you most initially about the 6-foot-4, 260-pound prospect from Butler High School in Matthews, N.C. -- after his tremendous size, steely glare, and chiseled jaw line -- is his businesslike demeanor, his precise and almost militaristic articulation of his thoughts, along with the unbridled confidence he has in his ability.

Ingersoll represents a renewed effort of the UNC coaches to bring in more athletes to staff their offensive line positions.

"They're trying to take a lot of tight ends and defensive linemen and convert them over to offensive line," said Ingersoll, a 2005 Shrine Bowl honoree. "They're looking for very fast and very quick ones, and ones that [are] able to compete in the ACC, because as we know, the ACC is growing and is becoming one of, if not the most athletic conferences in the country."

Ingersoll said UNC offensive line coach Hal Hunter told him he will start out on the interior at guard, but depending on his progress, will move to tackle at some point.

"It's all up in the air and all based on how I perform once I get up there," Ingersoll said.

Already able to recite his schedule to the date for the coming year, Ingersoll said he'll be on the UNC campus for summer school classes beginning June 20th, and then will begin training camp in early August.

"I'll visit from time to time between now and then," he said.

And Ingersoll admits during the last week he has gained a new admiration for some of his future teammates – seven other UNC commitments who joined him at the Shrine Bowl.

"These are guys that I had predisposed notions of and I didn't like them because some of them played for (opponents)," he said. "But I had never even spoken to them before. And hanging out with them this week, I formed new opinions about all of them. And it's a great group of kids, especially the guys we've got here and the whole class is outstanding.

"I definitely think we have the type of class coming in that will be able to control and take over that program, and build it up to where it's going. That's the main reason I went to Carolina, because it's definitely going to be a program to be reckoned with in the next few years."

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