Shrine Bowl: Randy Pressley Spotlight

ROEBUCK, S.C. --- North Carolina assistant coach Steve Hagen visited North Buncombe High School a couple of weeks back to check up on Randy Pressley.

"When the season was over, [UNC] got back up with me," Pressley said. "[Hagen] said that I was high on their list. He got my film. He said he really liked me. He said he's going to try to sell me to [the other coaches] and that they are interested in seeing how I do here [at the Shrine Bowl]."

Pressley, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete, first received interest from UNC during the spring. However, the interest slowly dissipated.

When John Lovett was in contact with Pressley in the spring, he told Pressley that UNC was projecting him as a running back. Pressley isn't sure what the UNC coaches see him as now.

For North Buncombe, Pressley starred at quarterback. As a senior, Pressley passed for 1,205 yards and nine touchdowns with a 51-percent completion rate, and rushed for 1,618 yards and 21 touchdowns on 263 carries.

Pressley was selected to North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team as a safety. However, he spent all day Monday practicing at quarterback, due to roster issues.

"One of the quarterbacks didn't pass their physical," Pressley said. "So I filled in."

On Tuesday, late additions fixed the problems at quarterback and Pressley was moved to the defensive back group. He is playing strong safety on the "Green Team" (second string).

"I'm going to drop back and cover receivers, but then I can also come up and make some tackles," Pressley said. "I'm going to move into the box a lot. I'll cover the tight end, cover the flats, and help in run support."

After the holidays, Pressley will begin to take his official visits. He doesn't have anything scheduled, but plans to set up trips to East Carolina, and Western Carolina.

Both ECU and WCU have extended Pressley a scholarship offer.

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