UNC Offers Ga. DE

Steven Fowlkes must have made a great impression on North Carolina recruiter John Blake. Just days after Blake visited College Park (Ga.) Banneker High School, Fowlkes was extended a UNC scholarship offer.

"[Blake] came to my practice and watched my highlight film with my coach," said Fowlkes. "I didn't know he offered me until I got the letter [Tuesday] in the mail."

Fowlkes, a 6-foot-5 215-pound defensive end, has been offered by more than a dozen schools including Louisville, Mississippi, Purdue, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Before receiving the offer from the Tar Heels, Fowlkes spoke to Blake.

"He said ‘Do you want to play in the NFL? Then come over [to UNC],'" said Fowlkes. "He was telling me about all the connections he's got in the [National Football] League."

While Fowlkes readily admits his knowledge of UNC is limited, he believes UNC offers an opportunity to fulfill his NFL dreams.

"I know if I go there, I'll be taught by the best," said Fowlkes. "I know I have a good shot – if I work hard – to get to the League. That's one of the things I'll be considering when I make my decision."

In addition to NFL potential, Fowlkes said he is looking for a school he feels comfortable at and has a fairly open depth chart at defensive end. Location will not be a factor.

Fowlkes plans to make a verbal commitment before the end of the summer.

"I don't want to worry about [recruiting] and go about my school year," said Fowkles. "I want to be able to commit to one school so I can focus on football and winning the state championship this year and not have to worry about all this recruiting stuff."

Fowlkes is still in the research phase and hasn't eliminated any interested schools.

"I don't really have a favorite, because I haven't been to too many campuses," said Fowlkes. "Until I get done with a good amount of campus visits, I don't want to make that decision right now."

So far, Fowlkes has only been able to visit Alabama, Auburn, and Clemson. He said he hopes to visit all of his scholarship offering schools – including UNC – by the end of the summer.

After starting off his junior season with five sacks in four games, Fowlkes sustained an elbow injury that forced him to miss all but the final game of the season. He ended the year with 49 tackles.

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