Blue Plans to Sign with UNC

After Thursday's in-home visit with the Tar Heel coaches, A.J. Blue now considers himself a North Carolina commitment.

"I feel good about it now," Blue said. "Coach [Butch] Davis came down here [and] he gave me all the info about everything I need to do. I feel good about it."

Blue, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound athlete from Dallas (N.C.) North Gaston, has favored the Tar Heels since attending their June camp. When assistant coach John Lovett, his primary recruiter, extended a scholarship offer in November, Blue was ready to verbally commit. However, his academic situation delayed and confused the commitment process.

Thursday's meeting with the UNC staff solidified the situation for him. Blue said he expects to receive a National Letter of Intent form from UNC in the next couple of weeks and plans to sign and fax it back on Feb. 6 - National Signing Day.

"I'm really committed," Blue said. "I'm going to sign [on Signing Day]."

Davis, who was accompanied by assistant Sam Pittman, primarily discussed Blue's academic situation during Thursday's meeting.

"He just talked a little bit about my requirements and all that good stuff," Blue said. "I really got to know the whole thing [regarding academics]. Everything is looking good for me right now."

If Blue isn't able to qualify before the fall semester, a plan has been established – and was discussed with Blue on Thursday – to send him to Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy for a semester.

"After that I'm going to be right back up there," Blue said hypothetically. "They want me there."

Before ending his stay, Davis also talked some football with Blue.

"[They plan to use me at] mostly running back and a little bit of quarterback," Blue said. "I'm going to play sort of like Greg Little's part – a little of quarterback direct snap run the ball, a little bit of I-back, they might spread me out to receiver a little bit."

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