Blue Still Working To Qualify

CHATHAM, Va. --- North Carolina verbal commitment A.J. Blue has yet to reach qualifying status. Furthermore, it's looking more likely that he'll remain at Hargrave Military Academy for a second semester.

"I'm still striving, trying to reach my goal," Blue said. "The Dean and I have been talking about whether they're going to make [my classes] semester classes or year-long classes. I've got five [classes] I can replace. If they make them semester classes, I'll definitely be up there by next semester. If not, then I'll have to trot it out until the end."

Blue, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete, signed with UNC last February out of Dallas (N.C.) North Gaston High School. When he failed to qualify, he decided to prep at Hargrave Military Academy.

By the end of this week, Blue expects to meet with Dr. Wheeler Baker, the President of Hargrave Military Academy, and others to discover his fate.

Although he will continue to take both the SAT and ACT, Blue says if he can raise his grade point average to a certain level, he'll become academically qualified.

Blue isn't overly upset about the possibility of spending the spring semester at Hargrave.

"This [semester] went by so fast, it doesn't bother me none [to stay another semester]," Blue said "But … I'm ready to get in [at UNC] and train."

Blue participated in Hargrave Military Academy's Winter Workout on Monday. With fellow post grad quarterback Kevin Newsome transferring back to Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch, Blue received plenty of opportunities to show off his passing ability.

"I wasn't really worried about the rep thing," Blue said. "Carolina knows when I get there I'm going to work hard – no matter where I play. I was just really trying to get in and get out and get the other quarterbacks some reps."

Where Blue plays at for UNC is still very much up in the air.

"I talked to Coach [Kenny] Browning and he said maybe punt return [and] kick return my first year, just to keep me on the grass because there's a lot of things going on with the quarterbacks right now," Blue said. "I have no problem with that. I'm just ready to be out there on the field, get stuff done, [and] show what I got."

The assumption has always been that Blue would play running back at UNC. However, Blue hasn't been told that definitively.

"[Browning] said ‘Hey, just the ball in your hands good enough?'" Blue said. "I said ‘It's good enough for me.'"

Although he didn't attend as many UNC home games as he would have liked because of Hargrave's schedule, Blue said he found alternative ways to follow the Tar Heels.

"I thought [the season] went better than ever," Blue said. "Everyone was playing. I was proud to be a Tar Heel."

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