The North Carolina Tar Heels received some firepower for their running game Thursday with the commitment of 4-star running back Adarius Lemons out of Clearwater, Florida.
Don Callahan of Inside Carolina reported the news of the tailback verbally committing to the Tar Heels' 2017 recruiting class.
Standing at 6'0 ½" and weighing 195 pounds, Lemons is the 29th-best prospect in the state of Florida, per 247Sports. He's also rated as the 14th-best running back in next year's class and the third-best running back in Florida behind Colin Wilson and A.J. Davis.
North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora reacted to Lemons' decision:
Heel Yeah!— Larry Fedora (@CoachFedora) March 25, 2016
Lemons received offers from 24 schools, including the Florida Gators, Miami Hurricanes and South Florida Bulls. The Clearwater High School product also had offers from prominent Big Ten programs such as Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska—three schools that feature prominent running attacks.
In the end, Lemons went with an ACC team with a prominent rushing attack. The Tar Heels got a 1,463-yard season from lead back Elijah Hood as they finished 11-3 and made it to the ACC Championship Game in 2015.
Lemons won't be on campus for another year, but with his frame, he seems like the second coming of Hood, a 220-pound bruising back.
If he's destined to be on the same path as Hood, expect Lemons to get meaningful carries as a freshman before taking over the lead role at running back by 2018.
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