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Buford's Staub commits to North Carolina

Buford's Nathan Staub (33) finds some running room before being tackled by Gainesville's Fred Payne (20) during the first half of Friday's game. 

Buford's Nathan Staub (33) finds some running room before being tackled by Gainesville's Fred Payne (20) during the first half of Friday's game. 

Another member of Buford's star-studded senior class is headed to a big-time southern college football program.

This time, it's fullback/linebacker Nathan Staub, who gave his verbal commitment Monday to sign a national letter of intent with North Carolina in February.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior selected the Tar Heels over his other finalists of Virginia and Harvard, plus numerous other offers, including California, Maryland and East Carolina.

"It was just a good fit in all the criteria my dad and I laid out," Staub said of North Carolina. "The campus, the players, the coaches, the school -- they all played a part (in the decision)."

Staub has excelled on both offense and defense throughout his career at Buford, including this season.

He has 30 carries for 255 yards (an average of 8.5 yard per carry) with seven touchdowns, plus six receptions for 83 yards and and two TDs on offense. On defense, Staub has 38 combined tackles and assists, an interception, a sack, three tackles for loss and seven quarterback pressures on defense heading into the Wolves' second-round playoff game against Jefferson County this Friday.

While Staub took the final of his official visits a few weeks ago, he said now was the time to make the decision on his college future.

"I'm not a huge fan of the recruiting process," Staub said. "It's hard, but once I decided, I was going to go ahead and commit. ... I'm excited to be a Tar Heel, but now, I'm concentrating on Buford and trying to win another playoff game."

Staub becomes the sixth Wolves player to commit to either an ACC or SEC school, joining offensive linemen Vadal Alexander and Reid Ferguson (both to LSU), defensive back/receivers C.J. Moore (Virginia), Paris Head (Vanderbilt) and linebacker Dillon Lee (Alabama).

In addition, quarterback Sam Clay has already signed a baseball scholarship with Georgia Tech, and there may be more Buford players, such as tight end/defensive end Kurt Freitag, running back/defensive back Ryan Dillard and defensive tackle Dequan Clark, headed to big time schools before this year's recruiting class is finished.