UNC Offers Fla. DL

North Carolina added a late scholarship offer to Tevin Westbrook's count just before the Dead Period.

"They saw my film and then they came down three weeks ago and they saw my size," Westbrook said. "They liked what they saw, so they offered."

Westbrook started at both defensive end and defensive tackle for Coconut Creek (Fla.) North Broward Prep this past season. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder ended his senior season with 15 sacks and six tackles for loss.

Sixteen schools in total have offered Westbrook, including Central Florida, Connecticut, Purdue, South Florida, Texas A&M, and West Virginia.

"They're all recruiting me as a D-end and D-tackle, because I played both," Westbrook said. "It's better to be versatile and play more than one position."

Westbrook, though, has narrowed his focus to Connecticut, Florida, UNC, Purdue, and South Florida, because of their academic reputations, football programs, and his relationship with the coaching staffs. All of his finalists have offered, with the exception of the Gators.

Shortly after officially visiting all five finalists, Westbrook expects to make a verbal commitment.

"I hope to learn more about each coaching staff and the [schools'] environment [during each official visit]," Westbrook said.

Distance will factor into his decision, but it's not something a school couldn't overcome.

"If it's a good school and I like the coaches, then distance won't really matter," Westbrook said. "If it's just an average school with distance, then that will work against them."

Westbrook has taken two official visits already – Connecticut and Purdue.

"Both [official visits] went well, I enjoyed myself, [and] I liked the coaches," Westbrook said. "The only [negative] thing with those schools is just distance and with Purdue its [football] program. UConn, I liked the coaches and the program is up-and-coming."

Westbrook's remaining official visit schedule includes UNC the weekend of Jan. 14, South Florida the weekend of Jan. 21, and Florida the weekend of Jan. 28.

John Blake began recruiting Westbrook for UNC during his junior season. However, when Blake resigned in September, UNC's recruitment of Westbrook ceased until Charlie Williams picked it back up midway through this season.

"Once [Williams] came down and saw me, he realized that they wanted me and that I was a good player," Westbrook said. "So they started recruiting me, again."

Westbrook says he has communicated with Williams in some fashion on six occasions, including two in-home visits.

"When we talk, I usually ask him questions about the program, the players, and what position they want me at," Westbrook said. "He basically just tells me about the program, the coaching staff, and how the sooner I get up there the better."

UNC is recruiting Westbrook primarily as a defensive end, but if he put on the necessary weight he could eventually play defensive tackle.

"I'm fine with playing both [positions]," Westbrook said. "I'd rather play D-end out on the edge. I like having the edge, running around and playing contain."

Westbrook didn't begin playing organized football until the spring prior to his sophomore season at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Pine Crest. He started at defensive end for Pine Crest, posting 115 tackles and seven sacks and earning All-Broward First-Team honors as a junior, before transferring to North Broward Prep.

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