Dareus Brothers Ready for UNC Official

North Carolina will host Demerius and Marcel Dareus, brothers from Birmingham (Ala.) Huffman, this weekend for official visits.

"We're looking forward to the visit," Demerius said. "We want to sit down with Coach John Blake. He's got a lot of recognition. He's the top defensive line coach in the country."

Demerius, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end, and Marcel, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive tackle, formed one of the most devastating defensive lines in the nation this past season.

"My brother had 20 sacks, I had 12. Both of us were in triple digits in tackles," Demerius said. "We had a great season, it's just an illegal player messed us up. If we didn't have that illegal player on our team, we would have been 8-2 and made it to the playoffs."

UNC, like most schools, began to recruit the Dareus brothers after the season and offered a scholarship to both.

Blake, who is handling the Dareus brothers' recruitment for UNC, is frequently in contact with them.

"He talks about life, church, God, his football team," Demerius said. "He's just a real nice person and a great defensive line coach."

If they end up at UNC, Blake plans to keep both brothers on the defensive line.

"He sees me at D-end on the weakside," Demerius said. "He sees me as a pass rusher.

"My brother, he plays tackle and D-end [in high school], so he's going to rotate at both in college. He can pass rush, too, but he weighs 285 [pounds] so he'll probably be a three [technique]."

Last weekend, the Dareus brothers officially visited Alabama. After this weekend's trip to UNC, they have trips scheduled to Auburn and Arkansas. All three schools have offered.

The Dareus brothers are looking to attend the same college and currently don't have a leader. The plan is to wait until Signing Day to announce their collegiate destination.

"I'm looking for a good coaching staff, academics, and [a school] that's going to be there for us and our family," Demerius said. "My mom is really sick, so we need someone that can understand that."

"[Distance] doesn't matter to both of us, we just worry about our mom," Demerius said. "It doesn't matter what college we go to, she just wants us to be happy."

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