Up Close: Jared McAdoo

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- When Jared McAdoo heads to college in just over a year, he won't be going far. In fact, he won't even be leaving the town where he's grown up.

"It feels good [to commit to UNC], because now I know I can have all my family at the games," said McAdoo, who is a star junior defensive lineman at Chapel Hill High School. "It will be fun just being the hometown kid."

After getting his feet wet as a sophomore – his first year starting on varsity – McAdoo dominated during his junior season to the tune of 60 tackles including 24 for a loss and 13 sacks. He also scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery.

"He's very physical and aggressive," Chapel Hill head coach Issac Marsh said.

Chapel Hill utilizes McAdoo as both a nose guard and defensive tackle in its 3-4 defensive scheme, depending on the strength of the opposing offensive formation.

Over the course of the last couple of seasons, McAdoo has also seen reps as a blocking tight end. This coming year, that role will be expanded to not only start McAdoo, but also give him a role in the passing game.

"He has soft hands," Marsh said. "He catches the ball very well. We just haven't thrown him the ball."

UNC expects McAdoo to make an immediate impact on the inside of their defensive line.

"Coaches see me as one to play early on in my career," McAdoo said. "They say I have the speed, strength and footwork for a three-technique tackle."

Marsh agrees with the assessment.

"He's projected to grow, according to his doctor, one or two more inches," Marsh said. "I can definitely see him with his size and quickness being a good three-technique."

In mid-January, John Shoop, UNC's recruiter for the area, made a trip across town to the school.

"When Coach Shoop came by the school and saw him physically, he was like ‘Wow, he's larger than I thought,'" Marsh said. "So he passed the eye test with Carolina.

"When we finished with his highlight [film], I took it over [to UNC] and dropped it off. Coach Shoop had time to watch it and gave me a call right back and said ‘Coach, I'm very impressed with his size and his ability to move on the field, his quickness, and he pretty much at times can take care of a whole side all by himself.' They were very impressed with his ability to move on the field."

Shoop went on to invite McAdoo to unofficially visit UNC on February 3rd.

"I went over there and talked with the coaches," McAdoo said. "That's when they handed me my first offer."

Also, McAdoo was introduced to John Blake, UNC's defensive line coach.

"The first time I met Coach Blake, I knew I wanted to be coached by him," McAdoo said. "He's a straightforward guy – he'll tell you the truth. And, bottom-line, he's the best defensive line coach in the country."

Following UNC's lead, Clemson, East Carolina, Maryland, NC State, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wake Forest all extended McAdoo an offer.

McAdoo returned to UNC for the Tar Heels' Junior Day. While he was tempted to join the handful of recruits who verbally committed to the Tar Heels that weekend, McAdoo held off.

"I knew I was going to commit," McAdoo said, "I just wanted to go ahead and see what other schools where out there too before I went ahead and made my commitment."

Less than a month later, McAdoo made yet another unofficial visit to UNC for a session of spring practice.

"I just wanted to see what their day was like and how they practice," McAdoo said. "It was good."

Following the practice, McAdoo verbally committed to Blake and Butch Davis.

"Just the whole atmosphere they have going," McAdoo said of why he chose the Tar Heels. "It's a bunch of people that love to have fun, are always together, and love to be around each other. I just love it there."

Heading into the visit, McAdoo had planned to pledge before leaving campus.

"I knew that [Monday] was the day that I was going to commit," McAdoo said. "I had already planned on it a while ago."

McAdoo says his pledge is "very firm."

"For somebody to take me away from Carolina, they'll really have to blow my mind," McAdoo said.

McAdoo plans to attend UNC's Spring Game on April 5th and one of the Tar Heels' camps this summer.

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