South Carolina Commitment Visits UNC

Inclement weather didn't stop South Carolina verbal commitment Sean Tapley from making his official visit to North Carolina this weekend, though it did cut the trip short.

"It was basically just one day, but I got a lot out of that one day," Tapley said. "They showed me around the campus, they talked about academics, [and talked about] how they're going to use me."

Over a year ago, Tapley, a 6-foot, 175-pound wide receiver from Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines, verbally committed to South Carolina.

"[The UNC visit] affects it, but I'm still strong [to South Carolina]," Tapley said. "But, North Carolina is still an option for me."

Outside of South Carolina, UNC is the only school Tapley is considering. The only other official visit he plans to take is South Carolina during the weekend of Jan. 15.

UNC has been recruiting Tapley the past few months. However, he didn't decide to officially visit until recently when Butch Davis made an in-home visit.

"[Davis] came to my house, so I thought that they probably really needed me so I gave them a shot to see what's up," Tapley said.

Tapley won't make a final decision on which school he plans to sign with until Signing Day.

"[UNC] showed me a lot during my [official] visit," Tapley said. "I want to compare both [official] visits and then make my decision."

Tapley – and a group consisting of his father, younger sister, younger brother, and father's friend – didn't arrive in Chapel Hill until 1 a.m. Saturday morning. They exited Chapel Hill to begin the nearly eight-hour trek home early Sunday morning.

Johnny White served as Tapley's player host. But due to the length of his visit, Tapley and White only hung out Saturday night.

"It was cool," Tapley said. "He took me around the school and told me how good it was."

Most of Tapley's stay, though, was spent with UNC's coaching staff, in particular Charlie Williams, UNC's wide receivers coach.

"I didn't get a chance to sit down with Coach Williams, but he told me about the academics and how he wants to coach me," Tapley said.

Before hitting the road Sunday morning, Tapley met with Davis.

"We talked about if I had a good trip and how things are looking so far," Tapley said. "He said I would get [early] playing time. He said they plan on using me in the slot sometimes and outside one-on-one."

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