Chavis Preparing For New Role

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. --- For precautionary reasons, North Carolina verbal commitment Miguel Chavis skipped Thursday's Third Annual Cumberland County Football Jamboree in which his Fayetteville (N.C.) Sanford High School scrimmaged Saint Paul's (N.C.) High School.

"I tweaked my hamstring," said Chavis. "I feel good, I'm just not playing as a precaution so that I'm 100-percent ready for next week against Triton."

During his high school career, Chavis has lined up at defensive tackle, defensive end, linebacker, tight end, and along the offensive line. When the 6-foot-4, 260-pounder does suit up for Sanford next Friday, he will be starting at yet another position – fullback.

"We got him working in the fullback position because he's so physical," said Sanford head football coach Wayne Inman. "He's doing great there. He just needs to learn to stay at a little lower level, but I think he'll be fine.

"He'll touch [the ball] maybe two or three times a game. He's in there to block, but we'll give him the ball to keep the defense honest."

While his touches will be limited in the Bulldog offense, there is the potential to use Chavis in a variety of different ways if the need arises.

"It's great," said Chavis. "I'll mostly be used as a fullback, but I can line up as a double tight end, I can go slot [receiver] in motion, I can go to wide out – it's like Notre Dame's fullback."

Although he won't start at defensive end like he did his junior year, Chavis will see some time on the defensive line throughout the season.

"I'll be playing some d-end, d-tackle," said Chavis. "I'll be subbing in at strongside d-end – playing there some of the time, but my main position is fullback."

For the Tar Heels next fall, Chavis will move back to defensive end.

Chavis, who verbally committed to UNC in mid-July, continues to feel positive about his decision to commit.

"I still talk to the coaches – like Coach [Mark] Weber," said Chavis. "I'm really happy with my decision. I was really happy with the response I got from my family and my community."

Chavis' conversations with the coaching staff are definitely not limited to football.

"That's what's so good about Carolina – it doesn't always have to be about football," said Chavis. "They see how I'm doing; ‘What's going on'; ‘Did you see that TV show'; but we do talk about football a lot."

Firm in his commitment, Chavis moves from recruit to recruiter as his teammate Dewayne Allen, a junior tight end, already holds a UNC scholarship offer and appears to be a major target for the 2008 class.

"Oh yes sir, yes sir [I'm recruiting Allen]," said Chavis. "He's one of my best friends. I might be biased, but I think he's the best tight end in the county – hands down."

Chavis expects to be a regular at North Carolina home games and plans to bring Allen with him for as many trips as possible.

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