Buford, the four-time defending Class AA state champions, has six seniors committed to D1 program after linebacker Nathan Staub picked North Carolina on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder picked the Tar Heels over Maryland, East Carolina, Virginia and Harvard.
It was a big pickup for North Carolina, which is under NCAA investigation for nine major violations and fired coach Butch Davis in July.
“I’m really excited for Nathan,” Buford coach Jess Simpson told the AJC. “I know North Carolina’s coaching staff is a little in flux, and maybe there are some question marks moving forward. But they convinced Nathan of their desire for him to be at North Carolina.
“They recruited him as a linebacker all along, which was very important to him. I think Nathan feels very good about the stability there and the education at North Carolina speaks for itself. It seems like overall it was a very good fit.”
Staub, who has a 3.8 GPA, starts both ways for Buford.
“Nathan is a throwback type of player,” Simpson said. “He’s extremely strong in the weight room. I think he really impressed people last summer by going to camps with this 40-yard times. He consistently ran in the 4.6 range. He is a tough and hard-nosed kid. He plays the game the right way. He is really respected by is teammates and his coaches, and is a fine young man.”
Buford’s other D1 commitments are AJC Super 11 LB Dillon Lee (Alabama), OL Vadal Alexander (LSU), DB Paris Head (Vanderbilt), long snapper Reid Ferguson (LSU) and DB CJ Moore (Virginia).
TE Kurt Freitag will decide between Florida and Alabama at next month’s state championship game. “Kurt has thought long and hard after visiting both Alabama and Florida,” his mother said. “He is definitely making the ‘best choice’ for himself. And it was definitely not the just the football like some kids.”
Also, Buford DT Dequan Clark has offers from Indiana and Illinois. Buford has several other players getting looks, including DB Ryan Dillard.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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