Charlotte (N.C.) Latin High two-way starter Mark Paschal committed to UNC this summer before helping his team to make a run to the state championship. He said that while his season enters its final stage his recruiting is ongoing.
“I’m still committed, but I’m looking around to see what else is out there,” Paschal said. “I’m trying to keep an open mind. I was at the South Carolina game against Tennessee and the Clemson game against Maryland, and both were real fun.
“I’m still talking to North Carolina, Clemson, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, UCLA and Georgia. All those schools except Georgia have offered, so I still talk to all of them.”
Paschal said he anticipates taking official visits to multiple schools, but that his schedule was still filled by the season and school.
“I have no officials set up right now, and I’ll figure out where to take them when the right time comes,” he said. “I’m looking for the best combination of academics, where a team sees me fitting in now and down the road and coaching stability. All those things are important factors. Right now, UNC is the best combination for me. I like the coaches there a lot, and that was the main reason I committed. It was a personal decision, and I felt like it was the right thing to do.”
With a chance at the state title on Friday, Paschal said that his early season injury seems to finally have healed enough to get him back to square one.
“It’s been a pretty good season,” Paschal said. “I injured my shoulder early, but I’m back and playing all right. I have 1257 yard rushing this year, and 22 touchdowns at fullback. I have 93 tackles and four sacks at outside linebacker on defense, and I try to lay it out there every Friday night. I’m very tough, I have a lot of heart and I’m a competitor. I hate to lose.”
Paschal is ranked as the No. 9 fullback in the nation, and is among the top 30 overall prospects in North Carolina.