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RECRUITING NOTES: Buford's Bart de-commits from South Florida, headed to UNC

Mikey Bart's dream of playing football at North Carolina was rekindled on Friday.

The Buford standout was offered a scholarship by the Tar Heels for a second time and he jumped at the chance to play for them.

Bart committed to South Florida in November but de-committed from the Bulls after he got a second chance to play for UNC.

"I just felt more comfortable at North Carolina," Bart said.

North Carolina was Bart's top school when he picked up the Tar Heels' offer in June.

"They offered me in the summer. I wanted to commit, but my dad wanted me to wait and get more offers," Bart said.

By the time the summer ended, Bart was ready to make a commitment and he wanted to go to UNC. When he called the coaches to set up a visit, they told him three players committed at his position and they didn't have a spot for him.

"I was bummed about it, but I knew everything would work out," Bart said.

Bart never picked up any interest from other schools and committed to South Florida in Novemeber over Central Florida and Syracuse.

Then a few weeks later he heard from the North Carolina coaches again. One of the commitments wasn't going to be eligible and a spot might open up.

"The defensive coordinator watched the state championship game and was pleased with the way I played," Bart said.

Bart finished the year second in the county in sacks with 12. He also made 21 catches for 279 yards and two TDs from his tight end position.

Bart stayed patient with the process and last week the coaches re-offered him on a visit to Buford.

"It's awesome. I always wanted to go there," Bart said. "The school is amazing. I'm just glad it worked out."

With the commitment to UNC, Bart had to break the bad news to South Florida.

"They were initially pretty mad and disappointed," Bart said. "They are still trying to recruit me, but I'm still with North Carolina."

Bart maintains a 3.0 GPA and plans to major in business management.Grayson's Louthan headed to West VirginiaGrayson kicker Alex Louthan has accepted a preferred walk-on post at the University of West Virginia next season.

Louthan made 5 of 7 field goals and was 60 of 63 on extra points to help the the Rams claim the Region 8-AAAAAA title this season.

Prior to transferring to Grayson, Louthan played at Cocoa (Fla.) his junior year and Bishop Carroll Catholic (Kan.) his sophomore season.