Blue Headed to Hargrave

North Carolina signee A.J. Blue will spend at least the fall semester at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va.

Blue, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete, signed with North Carolina last February. However, he was unable to qualify for admission to UNC. Late last week he received the results of his final SAT attempt taking and didn't garner a score equivalent to his grade point average on the NCAA Clearinghouse's sliding scale.

"I got a higher score, but I just didn't get high enough," Blue said.

Ideally Blue would prefer his next stop to be at UNC, but he's looking at the situation optimistically.

"It might be a blessing in disguise," Blue said. "That's what me and my family talked about. Everything is straight, everything is all good. I guess it's just another year of preparation."

On Monday morning, Blue will visit Hargrave to register. During his stay he will also tour the campus, and meet with head football coach Robert Prunty -- who told Inside Carolina that he is excited to have Blue -- and members of the academic staff.

One of the main questions on Blue's mind is at which position Prunty will play him.

"I'm definitely going to ask tomorrow [what position I will play]," Blue said. "I want to play quarterback."

Blue has played quarterback for Dallas (N.C.) North Gaston High School since his sophomore season, breaking several yardage and touchdown records during his prep career. As a junior 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) of his passes for 1,682 yards and 16 touchdowns with just eight interceptions.

Academic concerns prevented many interested colleges from pursuing Blue. Thus, improving his academic situation at Hargrave will only increase his recruiting stock.

Regardless, Blue says he'll remain solid to North Carolina.

"I'm fully committed to Carolina," Blue said. "Like I said before I even got my scholarship, that's where I wanted to be since I was little."

A.J. Blue Profile


Inside Carolina Top Stories