UNC Moves Up Mizzell's List

Following a visit to North Carolina on Tuesday, Taquan "Smoke" Mizzell lists North Carolina among his top three schools along with Virginia and West Virginia.

"Those are just schools that I have great relationships with their coaches," Mizzell said. "And they are places where I feel like I can go there and make an immediate impact."

Mizzell, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back from Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside, says he plans on making a verbal commitment before his football season starts on Aug. 24 and doesn't have a leader among the top three.

Before Tuesday's visit, UNC, which replaces Clemson on his top three schools list, was actually an afterthought for Mizzell. He originally planned to visit UNC as a tag along for teammates Quin Blanding and Jamez Brickhouse, and friend Jamil Kamara.

"Before, I didn't have a great relationship with [UNC's] coaches," Mizzell said. "This was my first time getting a chance to meet with all their coaches. And there were only a few colleges that I had a conversation with their head coach – that is UVa, Ohio State, and now North Carolina."

UNC's head coach, Larry Fedora, was actually the person Mizzell spent the most time with.

"He talked about the way they're going to change their offense and how they want to get me the rock," Mizzell said. "He told me about the school and just his background."

Mizzell also spent a good amount of time with Randy Jordan, UNC's running back coach and Mizzell's area recruiter. Jordan discussed UNC's recruiting situation, as it pertains to the running back position. UNC has already reached its quota at the position, but could use Mizzell as a supplement or in another capacity.

"He talked about how they want to use me in different ways, because they have a couple running backs in my class," Mizzell said. "They want me regardless, because I'm a person that can run the ball and catch the ball. So I can do other things."

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