McSorley Planning Return to UNC

Trace McSorley, an athlete who received a North Carolina offer about a month ago, plans to return to Chapel Hill in the near future.

"I'm looking at the week of my spring break, which is the 25th to the 29th of March," McSorley said. "That's kind of the block of time I've set aside for when I'll take a couple visits. That same week, I'm thinking about maybe going to Vanderbilt or Wake Forest and then I'll probably go to NC State and then Boston College at some point, too."

McSorley, a 6-foot-1, 180-pounder from Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods, is looking to attend one of UNC's spring practices. Back in January, he attended the Tar Heels' Junior Day.

"I had gotten a bunch of invites [from UNC] to games over the fall," McSorley said. "I was never able to make it down, but I always wanted to. So I just decided I'd take that first opportunity I had to get down for the junior day."

The junior day was McSorley's first exposure to UNC.

"It was a real good experience," McSorley said. "I got to meet with Coach [Larry] Fedora in his office [and] talk to him about my recruitment. At that time, I did not have the offer, so he laid out what he's looking for in a player and the process they're going to go through in recruiting a quarterback. I got to see some of the facilities – see the media room, weight room, the new weight room that they built, the student help facilities they have. And then I got to talk to some of the coaches about what North Carolina is all about, their philosophies, football, what they're looking for, and building towards in the future."

McSorley left Chapel Hill that day with a positive impression.

"I really like it," McSorley said. "It's a beautiful campus and facilities. In talking to the coaches that were there, it seems they're a real tight knit group. And the direction they're pushing the program towards, they were all very excited about what was coming. They were all very enthusiastic about everything about North Carolina. It was a very cool experience to get down there and really see the campus. The academic support seemed to me to be second to none."

Shortly after that junior day visit, UNC offered McSorley.

"I didn't expect [the offer]," McSorley said. "When I talked to the coaches, they were going to have their quarterback coach come and watch me throw during one of our spring practices and then go from there. I guess they felt they wanted to offer me earlier than that. So it was a little bit unexpected as far as timing goes."

Besides UNC, McSorley has collected offers from Boston College, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech.

McSorley plays quarterback and safety for Briar Woods. As a junior, he threw for 2,506 yards and 33 touchdowns with six interceptions. Defensively, he tallied 34 tackles, six interceptions, and seven pass breakups.

UNC is recruiting McSorley as a safety/athlete with the chance of potentially playing quarterback.

"They're still going to send up Coach [Blake] Anderson [and] he's going to watch me throw during spring practice," McSorley said. "… After they watch me throw, they'll make a more set decision about what I'd come in and play, if I did go to North Carolina."

McSorley says he's "all about" how UNC is recruiting him.

"Quarterback has always been my No. 1 position," McSorley said. "I don't have any doubts that I will be able to impress Coach Anderson and perform at the level that he wants me to. At the same time, I'm completely open if they decide to go in a different direction and keep me as in the athlete/defensive back category. My dad was a safety and corner at the University of Richmond when he played, so I've always had the defensive background."

Other schools are recruiting McSorley similarly, he said. Once he has a better idea of his projected position at each school and after he has made a couple more visits, he'll begin to assemble a list of favorite schools.

Besides UNC, Maryland is the only school McSorley has visited since the end of the football season.

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