As a longtime University of North Carolina fan, Wilmington (NC) Hoggard dual-threat quarterback Christian Poveromo had dreams of becoming part of the Tar Heels football program. In August, that dream will finally become a reality.
Poveromo completed 138 of 210 passes for 1,707 yards, including 16 touchdowns and 2 interceptions during his senior season.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete will officially enroll as a student in Chapel Hill and he will walk-on to the Tar Heels football team. Poveromo calls this an opportunity he simply couldn’t pass up.
“I had a few Division 2 offers, but the biggest priority on my list was academics,” he said. “I’m not putting any of the D2 schools down, but an education from the University of North Carolina is just hard to match. Then my head coach let me know that the UNC coaches wanted me to walk-on for them and I figured it would be in my best interest to go continue my education there. It’s an amazing feeling.”
Poveromo was at North Carolina for the Tar Heels Spring Game in April and he had an opportunity to talk with offensive coordinator Blake Anderson, as well as his primary recruiter, defensive coordinator Dan Disch.
“I’ve to Coach Anderson and we had a good talk at the Spring Game, but I’ve mainly been talking with Coach Disch, who recruits my area,” Poveromo mentioned. “He said that I am athletic, can run well and I can throw. He also said that if things don’t work out at quarterback, I have the speed and athleticism to make an impact somewhere else on his defense, at wide receiver or even special teams.”
Heading into high school, Poveromo didn’t plan on playing for the Hoggard football team. As a longtime baseball and basketball player, he didn’t pick up football until his 8th grade year and only decided to strap on the helmet after being in the right place at the right time.
“I was at a summer workout with my friend, who was the varsity quarterback at the time and just throwing the ball with him and some other guys,” said Poveromo. “Out of nowhere, (Head) Coach (Scott) Braswell came up to me and asked if I wanted to be the junior varsity quarterback. It was pretty cool and seemed to work out for the best in the long run.”
Poveromo realizes that the college game is much more intense than at the high school level and he plans to spend the summer getting stronger and faster.
“I’m going to get in touch with the strength and conditioning coach and get some of the workouts,” he mentioned. “I’m just going to do a lot of lifting and running to get ready. College practices are different than in high school. They are shorter, but it’s on another level with speed, so I need to work out and get prepared.”
In the end, Poveromo feels blessed at the opportunity that lies in front of him and while most will write him off as just another walk-on, he feels confident that he can make an impact at some point.
“All I need is one shot and you never know what could happen,” Poveromo added. “I’m going to keep working hard and do my best to get on the field. I’m hoping to get out there and make a positive impact on the field. I grew up a North Carolina fan, so I’m definitely trying to make some plays for my favorite school.
North Carolina has recruited Hoggard high school well in the past, with recent first round pick Jonathan Cooper being a former player for the Vikings. In addition to Cooper, Mark House, Matt Braswell, T.J. Leifheit, Casey Barth and Connor Barth all once attended Hoggard.
Poveromo held offers from Division 2 offers from Catawba, Pennbrook and Wingate.
During his senior season, Poveromo completed 138 of 210 passes for 1,707 yards, including 16 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He was named First-Team All-Conference and Second-Team All-Area after his senior campaign.
In the classroom, he maintained a 4.5 GPA and scored a 1940 on his SAT.