UNC Makes Final Push for Womble

In the final days before his collegiate announcement, Jamal Womble is tying up the loose ends of his recruitment with a couple of in-home visits -- the first of which took place Monday night with a North Carolina coach.

"We went out to eat with Coach [Steve] Hagen," Womble said. "We were just talking – just basic talk. He was telling me how they want me and things like that… Mainly, he talked to my parents."

Womble, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound tailback from Sierra Vista (Ariz.) Buena, has narrowed his college choices down to Arizona State, UNC, and South Carolina.

"First off, I love the coaches [at those schools]," Womble said. "All of those coaches are national championship winners. They all have national championship rings, they all have winning records at bowl games, and have tradition of putting players in the NFL. And I've got the opportunity to play at all of them."

With a Tar Heel rush offense that ended the season ranked 107th nationally, Womble is expected to get a shot at earning playing time next fall.

"They said they're going to play the best player," Womble said of his conversations with the UNC coaches. "They said I have a very, very good chance to come in as a true freshman and make my case and work for it."

ASU will send a coach to Womble's house Tuesday, but South Carolina won't be making an in-home visit.

On Wednesday at 2:30, Womble will hold a press conference at his high school where he will announce his college decision.

"I guess you can say it's the best thing to be frustrated about," Womble said. "I am leaning towards one of the schools. I'll be good on my decision."

Womble said he wanted to get his decision and announcement completed before his father leaves for Iraq on Sunday.

Despite playing on a 3-7 team, Womble finished his senior season with 1,787 yards and 20 touchdowns on 170 carries – setting his high school's career and season rushing records. He also scored on a kick return and reception.

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