Highsmith Jumps at UNC Offer

Since attending North Carolina's summer camp, Erik Highsmith has favored UNC and been on the Tar Heel staff's radar. When the coaching staff offered him a scholarship Wednesday night, the 6-foot-2, 170-pound wide receiver from Vanceboro (N.C.) West Craven immediately accepted.

"Charlie Williams and Coach [Butch] Davis called and offered, so I committed," Highsmith said. "I've wanted to go there for a while.

"They have a good football program – I've been to a couple of games. I've been around the campus when I went to their camp. [The campus] is nice."

Highsmith has been a regular face at Kenan Stadium this season and plans to be on hand for Saturday's game against Boston College.

A sleeper prospect, Highsmith grabbed the attention of UNC's coaching staff with his performance at the Tar Heels' camp in June.

Since that point, Highsmith has been a fixture on the Tar Heel staff's radar and Charlie Williams, UNC's wide receiver coach, has closely tracked Highsmith's progress and contacted him weekly.

"He just keeps telling me to keep up the good work [on the season]," Highsmith said.

During this week's call, Williams, accompanied by Davis, informed Highsmith that he had a UNC scholarship offer.

"When they saw me in camp, that was the first time they'd seen me," Highsmith said. "… I've been playing good [this season], so I guess they were impressed enough by my senior film."

In addition to UNC, Highsmith was being recruited by Akron, Duke, Marshall, and NC State.

Highsmith has been a two-way starter the past two seasons for West Craven, playing defensive back and wide receiver in their spread offense. This season, Highsmith is leading the state in receiving making 43 catches for 858 yards and nine touchdowns. He is also leading the state in interceptions with five. As a junior, he caught 58 passes for 786 yards and eight touchdowns.

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