Ellerbe Finalizing Official Visit Schedule

North Carolina verbal commitment Brandon Ellerbe has tentatively scheduled his UNC official visit.

"I have [it scheduled] but I'm not sure about it, because we're trying to rearrange it," Ellerbe said. "They want me and Stephone [Anthony] to come at the same time."

Ellerbe is tentatively scheduled to officially visit UNC the weekend of Jan. 21. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound safety has also scheduled official trips to Clemson for this coming weekend and NC State for the weekend of Jan. 28.

Ellerbe isn't exactly sure of Anthony's official visit schedule, other than that the two Wadesboro (N.C.) Anson County teammates will officially visit Clemson together this weekend. Reportedly, Anthony, who has already officially visited Florida, will also take official trips to Virginia Tech (Jan. 21) and NC State (Jan. 28).

With only three weekends remaining before Signing Day, if Ellerbe and Anthony officially visit UNC together, Anthony would have to either cancel one of his upcoming trips or the two would make a mid-week visit.

Despite his decision to officially visit other schools, Ellerbe says his commitment to UNC is "pretty firm right now."

"I'm considering [Clemson and NC State], but I can't say I like them like I like Carolina," Ellerbe said.

The UNC coaching staff is well aware of Ellerbe's intentions to officially visit other schools.

"They just want to make sure that I'm not playing with them," Ellerbe said. "They just want to know my deal with it – like am I really considering another school, other than them. I talked to [Everett] Withers [on Wednesday] and I told him they don't need to worry."

Ellerbe says he hears "a lot" from the UNC staff – typically Withers, Troy Douglas, and Sam Pittman.

"They talk to me about [how] they can't wait to get me down there, they're ready to see me get after it, see what I got, [and] see if I'm about what I say I'm about," Ellerbe said.

Ellerbe had his in-home visit with Butch Davis in early December. (Under NCAA rules, head coaches are only permitted one in-home visit per recruit).

"[Davis] just talked to my mom about me being a player [and] how they're going to take care of me," Ellerbe said. "He was just saying that if I come out and produce like they want me to during the summer, they were talking about me playing as a freshman."

UNC is graduating both of its starting safeties – Deunta Williams and Da'Norris Searcy.

"[The UNC staff] has told me that I have big shoes to fill, because of the great players that they have leaving," Ellerbe said.

Ellerbe says there's "a pretty good chance" he signs with UNC on Signing Day. However, if he were to choose another school, Ellerbe's mother, who has a major influence on his decision, would have no objections.

"My momma has no problem with [wherever I go]," Ellerbe said. "She just wants me to be happy with wherever I go."

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