Chavis Holding Down Starting Role

LOUISBURG, N.C. --- Not only is UNC commitment Miguel Chavis one of just two high schoolers on Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy's post graduate football roster, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end also starts at defensive end for the Cadets.

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    Furthermore, Chavis starts over Georgia signee and former Scout.com five-star prospect Clifton Geathers.

    "I came here to win a job," said Chavis. "It's nothing personal, we're still a team. I just worked hard and won the job, but I can't be complacent. On this team my job can be taken away quickly."

    Chavis started his third game of the season Sunday in Hargrave's 29-19 victory over Louisburg College. For most of the day, Chavis was matched up against N.C. State signee Jonathan Hannah.

    "I know [Hannah] from when he was at [Hope Mills (N.C.)] South View and I was at [Fayetteville (N.C.)] Sanford," said Chavis. "We played against each other in football and basketball.

    "It was fun to go up against him, again. It was a little preview of what's going to happen on Saturdays when N.C. State and Carolina face each other [in the future]."

    While splitting time with Geathers and seeing most of the plays ran away from him, Chavis recorded three tackles, two quarterback hurries, and a fumble recovery, which his offense converted into points.

    One of his tackles came on an important two-point conversion stop in which Chavis chased down the quarterback on a bootleg. The stop virtually ended Louisburg's hopes of a comeback.

    "It was a big play," said Chavis. "I just kept up with the pursuit of the quarterback."

    The victory puts Hargrave at a 2-1 record. The Cadets travel to Morgantown Friday to play the University of West Virginia's junior varsity squad.

    Although he misses the community feel of playing under the Friday night lights, Chavis is adjusting well to life at Hargrave.

    "Everything is faster, bigger, and harder here," said Chavis. "Everyone is big like me, so I've realized that I have to use my technique more."

    Chavis, who verbally committed to North Carolina in July, talks to his primary recruiter at UNC, Mark Weber, weekly. He's hoping to make it to at least two home games this fall, with N.C. State being one of them.

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