UNC Makes First Impression on Artis

North Carolina's Junior Day on Saturday provided Allen Artis his first exposure to the school.

"They really made a good first impression," Artis said. "I liked it. It was pretty cool. I want to learn more about North Carolina and every school and see where that gets me in the recruiting process."

UNC was the first school to offer Artis, a 6-foot, 195-pound safety from Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler. Since then, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, Missouri, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest have offered.

"I don't really have any favorites right now," Artis said. "I'm just trying to take in everything and see where that gets me. At this time, I really don't have a plan. I'm just trying to see everything."

Besides UNC, Artis has visited Auburn, Duke, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, and Wake Forest. He hopes to visit all the schools to have offered him and will likely make more visits in the coming months, but doesn't have any trips scheduled.

Upon arriving in Chapel Hill on Saturday, Artis was escorted to Larry Fedora's office where he was able to meet UNC's head man for the first time.

"He told me he liked me a lot," Artis said. "He said whenever I want to be a Tar Heel just to let him know."

Artis then rejoined the rest of the Junior Day visitors in touring the campus, including in-depth looks at the athletic facilities.

"It's a really nice environment," Artis said. "They have a lot to offer to their student-athletes."

Before heading home, Artis and his parents were their treated to the UNC-NC State basketball game.

"It was crazy," Artis said. "It was a great atmosphere. There was a bunch of team spirit. The community really rallied around the team."

Artis, whose father Johnny played football at Wake Forest in the late ‘80s, accumulated 140 tackles and three interceptions during his junior season.

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