Alberts Recaps Official Visit

North Carolina verbal commitment Tyler Alberts' official trip over the weekend was his first visit to the campus that didn't include a football game.

The absence of a game allowed the 6-foot-8, 220-pound defensive end to spend quality time with the coaching staff, completely see the campus, and briefly live the life of a college student.

"It was real nice to be able to sit down and talk to the coaches when they weren't really in a game mode," Alberts said. "I got to see a lot of the campus that I've never seen before. But I think my favorite part was just hanging out with the players and really seeing what it's like to be in college."

Joining Alberts, a Lewisville (N.C.) Forsyth Country Day product, during the official visit was his mother, father, and younger brother.

"I think they like [UNC] as much as I do – if not more," Alberts said.

Throughout the weekend, Alberts spent a great deal of time with the UNC coaching staff.

"They were right there [during] breakfast [and] lunch just talking to everybody," Alberts said. "… It felt like I've known them all forever. It's just a great staff."

In particular, Alberts met individually with interim defensive line coach Charlie Coiner.

"We went over all the techniques and all the stuff that I'm expected to do when I get there," Alberts said. "He showed me film from practice. That's one of the things that I learned – they film every practice and everything you do is filmed.

"It was really neat, because he was showing me one of the guys that came in last year and they said he was similar to me. [Coiner] said [the player] put on a bunch of weight and actually played a lot this year. [Coiner] was showing me his progression from the beginning of the year to the very end."

Alberts expects Coiner to be his position coach when he arrives on campus.

"They never said there would be anyone else," Alberts said. "So I'm just assuming that it would be Coach Coiner."

Before leaving campus on Sunday morning, Alberts and his family met with Butch Davis.

"He was just telling me about the program," Alberts said. "My family was asking a lot of questions."

During previous visits to the campus, Alberts was only given a tour of the football facilities. Over the weekend, though, he received a full campus tour.

"I just liked how nice everything is," Alberts said. "It seemed like everything was top of the line. It had a real nice campus feel."

Freshman tight end Sean Fitzpatrick was Alberts' player host for the weekend. Alberts also spent a lot of time with Matt Merletti, Bryn Renner, and Ryan Taylor.

"[Fitzpatrick] is a real cool guy," Alberts said. "Him and I get along real well."

On Saturday afternoon, Alberts attended UNC's basketball game against Kentucky.

"That was an awesome game," Alberts said. "I had a basketball camp there this summer, but it was the first game I've ever seen Carolina actually play. The atmosphere was awesome – all the fans were going nuts. Part of the reason I like the school so much is the football atmosphere, so to see the basketball atmosphere great."

A week prior to his UNC official visit, Alberts represented the state of North Carolina in the Oasis Shrine Bowl. He played wide receiver, recording two receptions as NC defeated South Carolina, 31-24.

"I don't really care what I'm playing, as long as I'm playing," Alberts said. "[The coach] thought it was better to have me at wide receiver. I played the split [end], so it was just me on the one side on a lot of the [formations]."

With his official visit behind him, Alberts' focus now will be preparing for his UNC career until baseball season begins. At one point, though, he was considering playing basketball this winter.

"Especially after this weekend, that just opened my mind," Alberts said. "I want to get into the weight room, start putting on some weight, get stronger, [and] really getting ready. I will do baseball in the spring, but football is still first."

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