Young down to three

It is no secret that North Carolina's football staff is scouring the land for offensive linemen in the 2003 class. Some are prospects that require many hours of research and film-watching in order to receive a scholarship offer.

Eric Young (6-4, 270, 4.7) from School Union (S.C.) Comprehensive High is not one of those players. He is the top-ranked offensive lineman in the nation, according to

Nicknamed, "The Big E," Young is a naturally strong prospect that has great speed and athleticism for the position. Young took an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill this past weekend for the Clemson game, along with Curtis Rice and another Comprehensive High teammate.

After his visit this weekend, Young told Inside Carolina that the Tar Heels are in his final list of three. "I think I have it narrowed down to South Carolina, Tennessee, or UNC," Young said. "I am pretty sure it will be one of those three. I don't want to try and narrow it down further until after the season."

Young has yet to set his official visit to UNC, but is moving closer to a decision. "It will be either 1/9 or 1/17," Young said. "1/9 is supposed to be the big recruiting weekend so maybe I'll come in for that."

It did not hurt that Young received plenty of attention from the UNC coaching staff during his visit. "Every time I turned around there was a coach talking to me," Young said. "It was great. I really felt at home."

It also doesn't hurt that Young's Comprehensive High teammate, Mickey Rice, is a current red-shirt freshman at North Carolina. "[Mickey] really loves it. He's really happy there," Young said. "We got something to eat after the game but I couldn't stay too long because I had to get back."

As for his thoughts on the game, Young said, "Well, North Carolina looked young. They will be all right though next year."

Young's high school team is 10-1 and in the high school playoffs in South Carolina.

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