Womble Eyes Starting Spot

With the faxing of his National Letter-of-Intent to North Carolina Wednesday, Jamal Womble's focus shifts to winning the Tar Heels' starting tailback vacancy.

"They said they haven't even thought about red-shirting me," Womble said. "They plan on me coming in and competing for a starting job."

Despite playing on a 3-7 Sierra Vista (Ariz.) Beuna 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. The 5-foot-10, 220-pounder also scored on a kick return and reception.

Womble has been spending the months since the conclusion of his football season training for his collegiate career.

"I've just been doing basic training everyday – lifting, working out," Womble said. "I'm just getting ready, trying to come in there and make an impact as soon as I get there."

After taking official visits to Arizona State, Boston College, UNC, and South Carolina, Womble announced his verbal commitment to the Tar Heels at a press conference in early December.

"I loved the people," Womble said. "The coaches, the team members, they all are real cool, down-to-earth people. I got along with them real well and I really like it there.

"I signed with a program that's known across the world. UNC, everybody knows the Tar Heels in every town. It makes me feel real good to be apart of it now."

Throughout his recruitment, Womble has been keeping tabs on UNC's recruiting efforts and has even been contributing himself.

"I've been following the class," Womble said. "I've been talking to Bobby Massie a little bit; trying to get him to come to UNC. I think we have a strong group of linebackers coming, a good quarterback – I've been looking at [the recruiting class]. My dad has been telling me what's going on; he keeps track."

Womble says "there's no problems there" regarding qualifying.

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