Clyburn on Verge of Commitment

In what seemed like a long time coming, North Carolina has extended P.J. Clyburn a scholarship offer.

"It's a big offer," Clyburn said of the news he received on Friday. "Growing up, Carolina has always been my dream school. I'm excited about it. I grew up following the basketball team. It's a good school."

It's such a big offer that Clyburn, a 6-foot-1, 202-pound athlete from Statesville (N.C.) West Iredell, has crowned UNC his leader and is on the verge of making a commitment.

"When I go to school [Monday], I'm going to sit down and talk to my coach about it," Clyburn said. "He didn't know they were going to offer me, but we've been talking about the plan. I might be tying the boat down."

Clyburn says he could be ready to verbally commit to UNC within the next couple of weeks, depending on Monday's conversation with his coach.

Previously, Clyburn equally favored East Carolina, Illinois, UNC, and South Carolina. He had planned to officially visit all four aforementioned schools – and actually had an official trip scheduled with South Carolina for Nov. 28 – but those plans are now up in the air.

Clyburn now holds scholarship offers from all four favorites, plus Arkansas and Kentucky.

UNC is the only school recruiting Clyburn as a linebacker. Other schools project him as a safety, one of his high school positions.

If Clyburn wants to attend UNC – or any other in-state school – he will have to attend a prep school for at least a semester, because he's short a math course. The NCAA Clearinghouse requires three approved math courses. But the UNC system requires four math courses for enrollment.

While at a basketball game Friday, Clyburn received a phone call from Allen Mogridge, who is handling Clyburn's recruitment for UNC.

"Coach Mo said to go somewhere that was real quiet," Clyburn said. "So I went to the bathroom. He put Butch Davis on the phone and he was just talking to me about how I'm an outstanding football player and a good person. He was talking to me about grades and being successful in life. And then he just told me ‘We have offered you.'"

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