The road to qualifying has been an odyssey for Blue, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound athlete. After failing to qualify coming out of Dallas (N.C.) North Gaston High School, he spent the past academic year prepping at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy.
"I don't even know [how I feel]," Blue said. "I'm too excited. I don't even know how to explain it. It's just another gift from God."
Blue received the score of his most recent SAT roughly a week ago. However, his final transcripts from Hargrave didn't arrive until Tuesday morning. The SAT score and his core grade-point average matched up on the NCAA Clearinghouse's sliding scale.
Blue will arrive at UNC in mid-June.
The last remaining question mark for Blue is what position he will play at UNC.
"As far as I know, the only thing they have planned for me is the new ‘Wildcat' formation," Blue said. "… I guess they don't know until they see me in practice."
Although he hopes to get a legit shot at quarterback, Blue is willing to play wherever needed.
"Really, I'm just going to go in and get in where I fit in," Blue said. "Wherever I'm getting the most playing time or get the most reps at, that's where I'm going to be at. A.J. Blue is a team player."
Blue was a three-year starter at quarterback for North Gaston and broke several county records during his career. At Hargrave, he was a major offensive weapon playing quarterback, fullback, and running back.
Since the end of his post-graduate football season, Blue has been working out, following both UNC's and Hargrave's prescribed routines. He has also done some speed training at Velocity Sports Performance in Charlotte.
Blue said he has had conversations with fellow signee Gene Robinson about rooming together.