Pelc Preparing for Carolina

Alan Pelc will travel about 1,200 miles on Sunday to pursue his college football dreams. Pelc, along with Trevor Stuart, is one of two North Carolina incoming freshmen that hail from the Lone Star State.

"I'm as ready as I can be," said Pelc, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound tackle from Pearland (Texas). "I might get a little homesick that far away from home, but everybody gets that. My parents aren't pushing me out the door, let's put it that way."

Pelc, who graduated on May 26, participated in last week's Bayou Bowl – a Texas versus Louisiana High School All-Star Game. He's continued to stay in shape, knowing full well what awaits him next week and beyond in the form of "Camp [Jeff] Connors" and then training camp in August.

"Every morning I wake up at six o'clock to workout and do some running," he said. "I'm just trying to get myself ready for school."

Following last season, Pelc was named first-team all-district 6-A, the largest classification in Texas, after playing just one season on the varsity. Despite his limited experience, he immediately began attracting attention from college coaches and receiving offers from major college programs.

Pelc anchored an offensive line for Pearland that featured the best rushing attack among high schools in the greater Houston area. Yet, he may have only scratched the surface of his potential.

"His best football is yet to come," Pearland coach Tony Heath said. "He's a kid that was a late bloomer that has a tremendous work ethic and a desire to succeed, academically as well as athletically."

Roughly three weeks ago, UNC offensive line coach [Mark] Weber was in Texas recruiting and stopped in to see the Pelcs.

"He visited for a while," Pelc said. "He just told me to stay in great shape. I really don't know where they want me right now, but when Coach [Hal] Hunter was there, they were talking about me at tackle.

"Coach Weber's a great coach. I personally like him. I know he did a great job at Fresno State, but as a person I like him a lot."

Pelc will room this summer with fellow newcomer lineman Morgan Randall from Greenville (N.C.) Rose.

"I can't wait," said Pelc. "I talked to Morgan's mom today. There's nothing I don't like about Carolina. I like everything about Carolina. It's just a beautiful place and a great school. I'm looking forward to it."

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