'Easy Decision' for Draughn

Shaun Draughn made sure that the UNC football staff slept well about his commitment in the months leading up to National Signing Day. Tarboro (NC) High School head football coach Jeff Craddock said there was only one school ever in play for his 6-foot, 193-pound athlete.

"It was a very easy decision ­ Shaun's a big UNC fan, so as soon as they offered, he committed," Craddock said. "There was no possibility of him changing his mind. He's just tickled to death to play for UNC."

Draughn agreed: "I've always wanted to go to Carolina. I grew up a UNC fan."

Coach Bunting and his staff are presumably just as elated to have Draughn join the program. Craddock believes his versatility will give the coaching staff several options at where to play his star-athlete, adding that "he is the most exciting player that I've ever coached."

Draughn has indicated that his recruiting coordinator, Ken Browning, is finding difficulty in determining a position for him at the next level.

"They don't know," said Draughn. "Primarily, I'll probably be safety. He said they are going to try me at that. I think my best spot would be safety."

Draughn's parents are both ministers, which allows him to maintain focus on and off the football field. Craddock said his ambition and drive only add to the components that make up a solid athlete.

"Shaun has all of the necessary tools to succeed at the next level," Craddock said. "It's just going to be a matter of his work ethic, which has been great during his three years in this program. As long as he carries it with him, then I expect him to flourish and continue to improve under the great coaching at UNC."

Draughn has been able to build strong friendships with many of his future teammates, including Tavorris Jolly, Deunta Williams, Johnny White, Ed Barham and Ryan Taylor. He believes this recruiting class can help elevate UNC to the top of the ACC.

"I was talking to my dad the other day, and I told him that I think we'll make history with the class that we've got," Draughn said. "We're going to do some good things."

During his senior season, Draughn proved not only his versatility, but his overall ability. Despite missing two games due to injury, Draughn rushed for 1,452 yards and 22 touchdowns while playing both tailback and quarterback, and recorded 50 tackles and two interceptions on defense.

Draughn is fully qualified and is set to report for second session summer school on June 22.

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