Elleby Brings Talent, Leadership

Despite starting seven sophomores on the defensive side of the ball, Tabor City (N.C.) South Columbus put together a solid 12-2 season. Keeping a very young defense together was the senior leadership of North Carolina commit Greg Elleby.

"The defense came along as the year went along and Greg was a big part of that," said South Columbus head football coach Joey Price. "He brought a lot of leadership. He was able to hold his side down so we could do some other things on the other side. Teams were always trying to run away from him."

Elleby, a defensive tackle, was able to record 65 tackles on the year despite being avoided by opposing offensives. Included in those stops were three sacks and "lots" of tackles for a loss, according to his coach.

North Carolina, who sent coach Hal Hunter down to recruit Elleby, was impressed by his leadership and habit of being in the backfield. They also liked the potential his 6-foot-5, 285-pound frame possesses.

"They love his size and feet," said Price. "He's got a great reach at 6-5. Even at 285 pounds he doesn't look that heavy. He has plenty of room to grow."

This past weekend Elleby traveled to Chapel Hill for his official visit with the Tar Heels. Solid in his pledge, Elleby will not visit any other school.

"He's been firm to North Carolina since he committed," said Price. "He hasn't even talked to anybody else; we told everybody else it was over with."

Being a lifelong Tar Heel fan, Elleby virtually committed on the spot of being extended a UNC scholarship offer.

"He's always been a North Carolina fan," said Price. "Bryan Dixon being there didn't hurt anything neither."

According to Price, Elleby is set to qualify and will enroll at North Carolina as soon as possible during the summer.

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