Blue Elated to Sign with UNC

A.J. Blue officially ended his recruitment Wednesday when he signed his National Letter-of-Intent with North Carolina.

"I can't even describe it really," Blue said. "Ever since I started to get recruited in the tenth grade my first choice has always been North Carolina. Like I said, words can't describe how happy I am.

"Nobody in my family went anywhere. So it's a big, huge step for me and my family. Any everybody has been rooting for me."

Blue, 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete from Dallas (N.C.) North Gaston, was offered in October and officially became a member of UNC's verbal commitment list in mid-January.

"[UNC] was the first college I ever visited," Blue said. "My brother was best friends with Ronnie McGill. He told me it was a good place. Carolina has a big fan base down here [in Gaston County] – everybody from around here likes Carolina."

Blue's strong feelings for UNC and question marks surrounding his academic situation caused some BCS schools not to recruit him. Blue says, though, that he's on course to qualify.

"Everything is on track right now," Blue said. "…I'm in good shape. Basically it's all going to come down to the SAT… The classes I got now, my GPA got boosted up pretty high right now."

Blue is awaiting the results of the SAT he took on January 26th. He can take the SAT two more times, if necessary, in time to enroll with his fellow signees.

If things don't work out academically for him, UNC already has a plan prepared to place Blue at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy for a semester.

Whenever Blue arrives on campus, UNC will use him in the mold of Greg Little – he'll line up at quarterback, running back, and receiver.

"It's Division I football – it's big football," Blue said. "You have a lot of athletes out there everywhere. It's going to be competitive and I love competing no matter what spot it is as long as I'm out there on the grass."

Blue starred at quarterback for North Gaston, where he rushed for 2,457 yards and 26 touchdowns on 277 carries (8.9-yard average). He also completed 105-of-243 (43.2-percent) for 1,682 yards and 16 touchdowns with just eight interceptions.

Blue won't be participating in any other sport as he trains specifically for his collegiate career.

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