UNC Targets 3 From Ohio

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Maple Heights (Ohio) coach Jeff Rotsky considers North Carolina football to be on the same level as nearby Ohio State. He was so impressed by the Tar Heels coaches during the recruitment of Richard Quinn last year; he said he hopes UNC will continue to recruit his Mustangs' program, which lost just twice in 2004.

At 10-2, Maple Heights won the Lake Erie League, before falling in the state playoffs.

"Obviously, with Richard going there, we want to establish a pipeline to Carolina," said Rotsky, who has tutored numerous D-I talent. "The campus is beautiful down there. To me, North Carolina is right there with Ohio State and the rest of them."

The UNC coaching staff has been back to see Rotsky and expressed sincere interest in three rising seniors – all legitimate Division I prospects – that will camp in Chapel Hill in June.

Wide receiver/safety Andre Elliott, 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, has a huge upside and may be the most coveted prospect of the three. He has good speed and is a fierce hitter.

"He was behind two scholarship guys last year," Rotsky said. "We're expecting big things out of him this year, there's no doubt about it."

Elliott transferred to Maple Heights late last season and is expected to be one of the team's leaders this fall. His grades are impeccable, in fact, Rotsky said, he has "Ivy League potential," from an academics standpoint.

"He's may be the smartest kid in the building," Rotsky said. "He started out in the city schools with a 1.8 GPA. He's up to a 3.8 now and could become a 4.0. And he could crack a 30 on the ACT – that's what kind of kid he is."

Wide receiver Tyrone Pronty, 6-1, 180, blossomed in the offseason, adding tremendous size and strength. The third option last year behind Quinn and Elliott, Pronty is expected to be the "go-to-guy," this year.

"At this time last year, we thought Pronty was much better than Richard Quinn," Rotsky said. "However he was our third receiver, and now he's ready to step up and do his thing."

Running back-linebacker Demond McDonald, 5-10, 210, is a "beast," according to Rotsky. He's a hard hitter and a hard worker and was named first team all-conference last year.

"He is a tough, physical runner, who will be a major weapon on both sides of the ball," Rotsky said. "He's kind of a ‘tweener' between fullback and tailback. He's not a ‘4.4-guy;' he's runs about a 4.55, but he runs like a bull. You can stand him up to block, and he has great hands.

"He was almost unblockable at linebacker last year, but my guess is at the next level he'll be dressed out as a running back."

McDonald is also an excellent student with high goals both on the field and in the classroom. He bench presses 360 pounds, squats 620 and cleans 270.

Rotsky said none of these players have any official offers, but adds neither did any players from last year's team at this time, and several of them later received Division I offers.

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