Clyburn Plans to Commit to UNC

P.J. Clyburn plans to make a verbal commitment to North Carolina Tuesday.

"Coach ‘Mo' [Allen Mogridge] and Coach Butch [Davis] are coming down [Tuesday]," Clyburn said. "They, my stepdad, and my momma are going to talk, see how they like it, and we'll take it from there.

"It's pretty much I'm going to commit Tuesday. I've already told everybody at school."

Clyburn, a 6-foot-1, 202-pound athlete from Statesville (N.C.) West Iredell, says the odds of him giving UNC a verbal commitment before the coaches end their visit are "high."

"[I like] the relationship that Coach ‘Mo' and I built, when I go down there I feel like I'm at home, and Carolina is a pretty good school," Clyburn said. "I just like the atmosphere there."

Ten days ago, UNC extended Clyburn a scholarship offer. The move immediately made UNC Clyburn's favorite school.

"At first, all I thought about was other schools, because Carolina was last on my list," Clyburn said. "I had a top four and Carolina was my No. 4. Now that they've offered me it's different – they're No. 1.

UNC leapfrogged East Carolina, Illinois, and South Carolina, which had offered Clyburn months back.

UNC is recruiting Clyburn, who prefers safety, as an outside linebacker.

"It's fine," Clyburn said of being recruited as a linebacker. "It doesn't really bother me, because I know I can play linebacker and strong safety. I'm pretty sure all schools were going to switch me to linebacker eventually, because of my frame."

Clyburn recently discovered that he tore his meniscus late in the football season. He will have surgery in the next couple of weeks and will miss the Shrine Bowl.

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