Ellerbe Waiting on Signing Day

The North Carolina coaching staff was hoping to solidify Brandon Ellerbe's verbal commitment during his official visit to the campus over the weekend.

"Everything is still the same," Ellerbe said. "I don't really know [where I'm going to sign]. I've got a feeling where I'm leaning, but I don't want to say, though."

Ellerbe will wait to reveal his decision until Signing Day at a ceremony at Wadesboro (N.C.) Anson High School. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound safety has only taken official visits to UNC and Clemson.

Ellerbe's teammate, Stephone Anthony, also officially visited UNC over the weekend and also is expected to announce his collegiate decision on Signing Day.

Anthony's and Ellerbe's decision won't affect one another's, according to Ellerbe. However, Ellerbe admitted to recruiting Anthony for UNC "a little bit."

"I'm not going to put any pressure on him, because it's his decision," Ellerbe said.

Accompanied by his mother, Ellerbe arrived on UNC's campus at 6:15 p.m. on Friday. The highlight of his stay was his first college basketball game.

"I enjoyed it," Ellerbe said of the UNC-NC State basketball game on Saturday, which included a halftime ceremony for the football team. "They won and blew out NC State. We got to actually walk on the court during halftime. My eyes blew up – it was a good feeling."

Ellerbe's official visit also included spending time with UNC's coaching staff, meetings with the academic support staff and Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator.

"We just learned stuff on what it takes to be a defensive player," Ellerbe said of his meeting with Withers.

Before leaving campus around noon on Sunday, Ellerbe and his mother met with Butch Davis.

"[Davis] was just keeping it real about the program and all the football players," Ellerbe said. "My main question was about the [NCAA probe]. He was just saying everything was going to be fine."

Senior safety Jonathan Smith was Ellerbe's host during his stay.

"He was just telling me stuff I need to work on before I start the first day of practice," Ellerbe said. "He was telling me what it takes to be a good safety. He was telling me things that they go over all the time."

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