James Summers, who quarterbacked Greensboro Page past Garner in the state 4AA football championship in December, switched sides today when he committed to the University of North Carolina after announcing for N.C. State last April.
Page coach Kevin Gillespie confirmed to the Greensboro News-Record’s Jason Wolfe on Thursday that Summers had committed to UNC.
“It’s huge,” said Chad Simmons, the regional manager for football recruiting in the Southeast for scout.com. “Any time a staff can come in and target and take away one of the top recruits from its rival, it is really big. You play those guys every year and this is something that can make a difference for four or five years.”
Summers is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound athlete who showed his versatility in Page’s 35-21 victory over Garner in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4AA title game. He completed 11 of 16 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed 14 times for 116 yards, including a key 55-yard run after Garner had pulled to within 21-14 in the third period. Summers even intercepted a pass.
For the season, Summers completed 93 of 186 passes for 1,506 yards, 20 TDs and 11 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,632 yards and 22 TDs on 185 carries while leading Page to a 15-0 overall record.