Shembo Receives UNC Offer

Prince Shembo was caught off guard Tuesday when he discovered that North Carolina was joining his scholarship offer list.

"My coach told me that North Carolina wanted me to call them," Shembo said. "I gave [UNC defensive coordinator Everett Withers] a call. And then he said he wanted to offer me.

"I think all he wanted to see [before offering] was to see me in person. He said I looked a lot faster on the field when he saw me during seven-on-seven practice."

Withers made an evaluation trip to Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell High School earlier this month.

"He had a chance to see me play linebacker and he said I looked great," Shembo said. "So he discussed it with the coaches, because he wanted to get me in this thing."

Shembo, a 6-foot-1, 222-pound athlete, was also offered by Tennessee on Tuesday, bringing his scholarship offer total to 11 schools. He has also been offered by Duke, East Carolina, Illinois, NC State, Notre Dame, Stanford, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.

Sometime in August, Shembo will narrow his list of choices to a final five schools. Both UNC and Tennessee are likely to make the cut.

"I'm still wide open, but [the UNC and Tennessee offers] really, really got me all surprised," Shembo said with a chuckle. "…I've already liked UNC, so obviously they're going to be in my top five – I've been down there so many times. And Tennessee, being an SEC offer it's obviously going to be [in my five final], too."

Shembo is unsure when he'll make a verbal commitment. However, he plans to take all five of his official visits before selecting on a school.

Over the summer, Shembo will likely make several recruiting trips, but he doesn't have any definite plans. However, Shembo, who camped at UNC last summer, says he will make at least one visit to Chapel Hill.

"I can visit Chapel Hill anytime really," Shembo said. "So it shouldn't even be a problem to stop by this summer. I could go there almost every weekend, if I wanted to."

UNC signed two players out of the Charlotte area last February – Hawatha Bell and Josh Hunter. Shembo says he speaks regularly with Bell, as well as another 2008 signee, Justin Dixon, who Shembo met while visiting UNC.

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