There were some rumors circulating recently that Charlotte (N.C.) Charlotte Latin fullback/linebacker Mark Paschal may have made a verbal commitment. While that's not true, he did receive two new scholarship offers.
"I'm not ready to commit yet, but I would like to before the season starts," said Paschal. "I was offered by Georgia Tech and North Carolina this past week, so now I have 10 scholarships on the table. Those two have offered, along with UCLA, Clemson, Army, Air Force, Duke, Northwestern, Marshall and another or two I can't remember right now."
Paschal was visiting North Carolina this past weekend. What did he think of the school?
"I like North Carolina a lot. My dad went there, you know, so it's a school I have a lot of interest in. I'm not ready to call them a favorite yet though. It's too early for that and I want to give everyone an equal opportunity. I'd say I'm looking at each school that has offered me the same."
There are some schools that haven't offered the 6-foot-1, 227-pound prospect but are showing plenty of interest in him. Who are they?
"I really like Georgia, Virginia and Virginia Tech," he said. "I'm hoping they offer before too long so I'll a lot of options to choose from. I know I'm going to Georgia on July 9th and 10th, and I might go to Virginia and Virginia Tech sometime this summer too. Those would all be camps."
What will be the main factors that weight into Paschal's decision in the end?
"I'll be looking for a quality coaching staff that does a good job of communicating to their players and with one another. I also want to experience a real college environment, so I'll look into that a lot too."
Paschal wants to end the recruiting process before the season starts so he can concentrate on helping Latin repeat as state champions.
"We were state champs last year and I want to be able to focus on helping us do that again this year. I feel pretty good about our chances. We have a guy that just committed to Duke pretty recently, and we've got some other good athletes. Our goal is to win every game we play, and I think we can."