Coaches Impacted Elleby's Decision

"The Beast" is officially a Tar Heel. Greg Elleby faxed his letter of intent to the UNC football office shortly after a 9 a.m. ceremony at Tabor City (N.C.) South Columbus High School this morning.

South Columbus head football coach Joey Price said Elleby was a big part of his team's solid 12-2 season this fall. The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder anchored the defense at the tackle position, recording 65 tackles and three sacks during his senior season. Price indicated that UNC plans to keep Elleby at the defensive tackle spot.

"I think his size is his biggest advantage," Price said. "He's got room to grow. He's also got a great reach."

Price indicated that Elleby has been steadily filling out since he first arrived at South Columbus, and that his lean body holds all 285 pounds easily. He expects the UNC coaching staff to add more muscle to Elleby's already strong frame. That should not be a problem, as Price said that his student-athlete has a great work ethic in the weight room and on the football field.

The 11-year coach also said Elleby's decision to attend UNC was an easy one.

"He's always been a Carolina fan, but I think he signed with UNC because of Coach Bunting and Coach Browning and Coach Hunter," Price said. "He developed a strong relationship with that staff."

Elleby remained firm in his decision to attend UNC ever since he committed on April 22, despite serious interest from Virginia and Virginia Tech. That early pledge was made easier knowing that he would be joining his good friend and former teammate Bryan Dixon in Chapel Hill.

Elleby is fully qualified to enroll at UNC.

Greg Elleby Profile

Inside Carolina Top Stories