Clear Leader for Ebron

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- Before he ever played a snap of high school football, Eric Ebron had already collected several scholarship offers.

"It was crazy from the start," Ebron said. "I came [and] just wanted to play the sport of football. Then offers started coming in, letters started flying in. I'm just another player trying to play the game."

Ebron has received scholarship offers from Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, NC State, and Virginia. Most of those schools verbally offered the 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end well before sending the official offer letter on Sept. 1.

"It doesn't take long for coaches to realize when they see talent," Greensboro (N.C.) Smith head football coach Rodney Brewington said. "I think that's what happened: they saw talent and they offered.

"It doesn't surprise me [that he has offers] when you see him in camps and you see his athletic ability. What he does every Friday night is what he did over the summer."

During his freshman year, Ebron transferred into Smith High from North Providence (R.I.) High. Complications from the transfer prevented him from playing his sophomore season.

"[North Providence] was supposed to give me a credit and I didn't receive it, so I was ineligible," Ebron said.

Ebron's academic situation worked itself out in time for him to join his Smith teammates in offseason workouts.

In July, Ebron camped at UNC and quickly became one of the top 2011 in-state prospects.

"After coming back [from camp], all the interest and letters started to come in," Ebron said. "[After camp], UNC verbally offered."

Although early, Ebron says he is favoring Alabama, Miami, and UNC.

"I like the vibe and just the love that comes from the coaches and the players," Ebron said.

One school, though, stands above the rest.

"UNC is definitely my leader," Ebron said. "I love the atmosphere there and Coach ‘Mo' [Allen Mogridge] is a great guy."

Ebron says he speaks to Mogridge, UNC's tight ends coach, at least once a week.

"We talk about games, we [joke] about dressing me for their next game – we just have a lot of fun talking as we're friends," Ebron said.

Since camping at UNC, Ebron has returned to Chapel Hill three times. He plans to be in Kenan Stadium this coming Saturday for the UNC-Miami game.

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