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NC backer pulls first two offers

A pair of offers are in for an emerging linebacker in North Carolina. The 6-foot-3, 227-pounder pulled his first scholarship a few weeks ago and landed his second today.
"I got my first offer three or four weeks ago from North Carolina and then today I got an offer from Georgia Tech," Norwood (N.C.) South Stanly linebacker Jordan Starnes said. "It was very big to get that first off and actually like a sigh of relief."
Starnes discussed the Tar Heels first.
"I'd like to get to know the coaches better and more," he said. "I haven't looked into it that much, but I've met the linebacker coach and that's really the only time I've had with them.
"The fact North Carolina offered is a big deal. It's a great school and it's just phenomenal to receive an offer from a premier school like that."
What about Georgia Tech?
"I was actually kind of expecting that," he said. "Some of the coaches and I have a close relationship and we keep in contact very well. They have kept in touch and we call a few times a month.
"I like their coaches and that is very important. I like the defense they run to with the 3-4. They use a lot of linebackers in and out. I went down for a game this past season and I'm from a small town, it's a big difference being in the heart of Atlanta, being around so much all the time."
The only recent trip Starnes has gone on was to NC State.
"I have a good relationship with the coach there and I'm hoping to hear from them as well," he said. "I actually talked to their coach today too and they think I could play multiple positions, linebacker, defensive end and tight end."
In terms of other trips, Starnes is looking at a visit back to Georgia Tech in about three weeks as well as North Carolina and NC State.
The Wolfpack are one school Starnes is really hoping for an offer from.
"I'm hoping to be offered by them, that would be something I'd really like," he said. "When I go down there, you know you get this feeling that the place could be a fit. It's not that other places couldn't be a fit, but I like the people down there and I like where it's at, I like the location."
Starnes earned all-conference as a linebacker and tight end for South Stanly this year as he helped them to an 11-2 record.
"I had a great season," he said. "I played strong side linebacker in the 4-3 for about seven or eight games and it just came natural to me. I was reading really well and doing well."