Signee Update: Michael McAdoo

With the lack of depth at defensive end, North Carolina signee Michael McAdoo has his sights set on earning playing time this fall.

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"[Coach John Blake] said he preaches to his guys everyday that if they don't work hard ‘there's going to be a freshman that will come in and take your place,'" McAdoo said. "I'm hoping I can come in and just take someone's position."

McAdoo, a 6-foot-7, 238-pound defensive end from Antioch (Tenn.), says he and Blake, his primary recruiter and future position coach, speak regularly.

"[He talks about] just coming in ready to work and trying to get some playing time as a true freshman," McAdoo.

McAdoo had hoped to continue to sport jersey No. 80 at UNC, but that is taken by sophomore Ed Barham. Instead, he's looking to wear No. 90.

With academics all in order – including passing the NCAA Clearinghouse – McAdoo is set to arrive at UNC on June 15.

In preparation for his UNC football career, McAdoo has adopted the workout regimen sent to him by the UNC strength and conditioning staff.

"The difference [from my high school workout] is the reps and how the weights increase each week," McAdoo sad.

UNC's workout, according to McAdoo, has him up to 238 pounds. His target weight is 240 pounds.

McAdoo played his senior football season in the 220-225-pound range. On the year he recorded 48 tackles including 19 for loss, six sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception.

Basketball, however, is his first love. This winter, McAdoo helped Antioch's basketball team to 26-3 record and a berth into the Elite Eight of Class AAA Playoffs. McAdoo averaged a double-double (15 points per game, 12 rebounds per game) playing power forward.

McAdoo said the possibility of playing college basketball has yet to be determined.

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