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Southern Nash's Nunez headed to Louisburg College

Posted on June 10, 2022

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Southern Nash’s Raul Nunez will play college soccer at Louisburg College. Contributed Photo

Southern Nash’s Raul Nunez will play college soccer at Louisburg College. Contributed Photo

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Southern Nash High senior Raul Nunez has dreams of playing professional soccer. 

He knows the best next step on that journey is to play soccer at the collegiate level. In the fall, he’ll take that step, as Nunez has signed to play soccer at Louisburg College. 

“It’s exciting,” Nunez said. “It’s definitely a new process moving from high school to college even though it’s just junior college. It’s still the next level. And I’m excited to get to that level.” 

Nunez, the son of Raul Nunez Jr., Ana Zuniga and Pamela Nunez (his stepmother), will head to Louisburg, a two-year junior college, with the goal of transferring to another school to play after those two years. 

“That was where I had a problem on my end,” Nunez said. “I didn’t really put myself out there enough for colleges to really offer me anything. … I kind of messed up in that process in getting myself out there. That was why I chose Louisburg. They came to me and gave me an opportunity. My plan is to use Louisburg for these next two years to build myself a platform for those colleges and put myself out there to get offers for my second two years of college.” 

Louisburg does offer another advantage for Nunez: it’s only about 30 minutes from Spring Hope, where he lives. 

His friends and family will have an easy trip to watch him play at the next level. 

“I’ve already talked to my high school coach about it and talked to some of my teammates about how I think that my high school coach will come watch me play,” Nunez said. “Because I’m really close to them. My coach was just telling me this afternoon how he was planning on bringing them to come watch me. So it’s fun to keep those guys close. I grew a big connection to this community at Southern Nash pretty fast. So it feels good to still be a part of it.” 

Nunez, who played three full years of varsity soccer at Southern Nash after transferring from Rocky Mount Prep, made his mark for the Firebirds. 

He was named 2-A/3-A Big East All Conference his junior and senior year, was an all region selection his junior and senior year and earned all state honors as a senior. He was also named Southern Nash’s team MVP his senior year, and the boys soccer team’s academic athlete of the year his junior and senior years. 

“It’s really great,” said Southern Nash head coach Carlos Barron. “He deserves everything coming to him. He’s one of those kids that you want to have as a coach. He’s willing to do it academically and athletically.” For a Southern Nash team that won 23 games, won the Big East and went to the third round of the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs in 2021, Nunez finished second on the team with 31 goals, and led the Firebirds with 18 assists. 

“Raul’s very analytical,” Barron said. “He’s very, very smart. He always places himself and makes sure that he’s going to be where he needs to be at the right time. Furthermore, he’s just very technical with the ball. He had some goals this year that were very outstanding.” 

Nunez believes getting his teammates involved in the game is one of his best attributes, and, going into college, he hopes to keep adding to his overall skill set. 

One of the main reasons Nunez transferred to Southern Nash from Rocky Mount Prep, a K-12 school, was to play soccer, a decision he’s glad he made four years later. 

“It’s a special one,” Nunez said. “Transitioning to my old middle school to Southern Nash, it was all supposed to be for soccer. That’s the reason I transferred to Southern. It’s been special. I’ve definitely enjoyed it. It felt like a second home to me when I came over here.” 

Nunez knows he’ll be a representative of the Firebirds’ program at the next level, and an example for those hoping to follow in his footsteps. 

“It adds a bit of pressure, but it’s one of those good types of pressure,” Nunez said. “It just feels good to represent my high school and for the guys that are looking up to me, I just hope I’m setting the right example for them.” 



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