Bryant Receives In-Depth Look at UNC

Over the weekend, accompanied by his mother, Darien Bryant made his second visit to North Carolina. This time, though, it was of the official variety.

"It was a lot more in-depth on the official visit," Bryant said. "When I went this summer, it was brief… I practiced at the camp and that took up a lot of the time that I was on campus."

Bryant, a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder from Pickerington (Ohio) North, has taken one other official visit – Nebraska in late October. Coming up, he has an official visit scheduled to Hawaii for the weekend of Dec. 4 and is working on setting up an official trip with South Florida.

Amid his official visit schedule, Bryant says he has yet to develop a favorite school.

"After I get a chance to see these campuses, that will really help my decision-making process," Bryant said.

During his summer visit to UNC, Bryant saw very little of the actual campus. However, he received an in-depth tour during this weekend's official visit.

"The first thing that stood out was the dorms," Bryant said. "They're the best I've seen. I joked with my mom [that] they are better than my room now."

On Saturday, Bryant took in his first football game in Kenan Stadium. Throughout the game and a little bit afterward, he chatted with close friend and UNC verbal commitment Landon Turner.

"He was one of the first people I called whenever I found out about [UNC] offering me a scholarship," Bryant said. "We've talked about being roommates and things like that. It's something we talk about, but he also doesn't want to pressure me into [a commitment] because he does realize it is my decision."

The majority of Bryant's stay was full of meetings. Among the people he met with were members of the academic support staff, Jeff Connors (UNC's strength and conditioning coach), the athletic trainer, Allen Mogridge (UNC's tight end's coach), and Charlie Coiner (UNC's defensive line coach).

"[Mogridge discussed] his philosophy with coaching tight ends, how he likes to use them, what kind of routes they run – things like that," Bryant said. "He had some film to show me.

"[Coiner] also showed film, too," Bryant said. "He expressed his concepts of coaching and what their defense is trying to do."

UNC is recruiting Bryant as an athlete. The coaching staff is looking at him as both a tight end and defensive end. He started at both positions during this senior season.

"I don't think I got a sense on which [position] they'd rather me play," Bryant said. "But I have been in contact with Coach ‘Mo' a lot more with him being my recruiting coach. And whenever I came in the summer – it was before my senior season and I hadn't played defense [yet] – I worked out at tight end."

Before heading home Sunday afternoon, Bryant had one more meeting. This time it was with Butch Davis.

"We had talked about the school in general," Bryant said. "One of the primary points of that conversation was the investigation that's going on. Coming to the campus and seeing what they had, I really liked it and also with my friend being there, that's a big plus. But the recent things that have happened is something my mom and I have been concerned about. It was nice to have a one-on-one with [Davis] and have a chance to ask our questions and see what he had to say about the whole thing."

After meeting with Davis, Bryant now has a better understanding of UNC's situation.

"[Davis] had a lot of positive things to say about it," Bryant said. "… Everything he had to say was very encouraging."

Sean Fitzpatrick, a freshman tight end who is currently being red-shirted, served as Bryant's player host for the weekend.

"It was good [spending time with Fitzpatrick]," Bryant said. "He did the early graduation from high school and that's something I'm looking into doing to get a head start."

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