Otis to Visit UNC With Five-Star Friend

North Carolina verbal commitment Norkeithus Otis has scheduled his UNC official visit.

"I'm going next weekend [Jan. 28]," the 6-foot-3, 195-pound linebacker from Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook said. "Me and one of my close friends, we're going down there at the same time – Curtis Grant. We wanted to set it up together. I was supposed to go this weekend coming up, but moved it back to go with him."

Otis met Grant, a five-star prospect and the No. 1 ranked linebacker in the nation, on the recruiting trail over the summer.

"We were both recruits for Florida and we went down to Florida and we had a good time," Otis said. "We kept in touch with each other ever since."

With Otis committing to UNC and Grant being one of UNC's top remaining targets, Otis has naturally attempted to lure Grant to join him in Chapel Hill.

"I've been trying to put a little bug in his ear like ‘Hey, come to Carolina,'" Otis said. "But people have their own decisions to make. He has to go wherever makes him happy."

The recruiting process has been difficult on Grant, according to Otis.

"It's a little bit hard when you've got a great team like Florida and you've got a great team like Carolina," Otis said. "So it's kind of hard to make a decision. I think he's taking it one step at a time."

Otis thinks officially visiting UNC together will help his chances with recruiting Grant.

"Hopefully, some of the other football players that are down there will tug on him a little bit, also," Otis said.

Besides recruiting Grant, Otis hopes to build relationships with current UNC players during his official visit.

"I want to gather as much information as I can from the football players, get close to them, [and] ask some of them questions like ‘What helped you make this decision,' ‘What helped you be an outstanding football player,' ‘What helped you to understand the system and come in and play right away,'" Otis said. "I'm trying to go in and I'm trying to play."

In preparation for that, Otis has elected not to play a sport during the winter season.

"I've been working out [and] trying to put weight on me," Otis said.

Otis will, though, participate in track during the spring season. He plans to run the 400-meter dash and 4x100 relay, and also participate in the high jump.

Since early November, Otis has been verbally committed to UNC.

"It's an awesome feeling to be a Tar Heel, right now," Otis said. "I don't have to worry about anybody else calling me [and] recruiting me. It's just a great feeling to sit back and say ‘This is where I'm going and I'm going to one of the top universities in the country, education-wise.'"

Even after his pledge, UNC's communication with Otis has remained constant.

"They're really down to earth people and they treat me like I'm a son to them – that's what mattered in the whole recruiting process," Otis said. "They're still calling, they're still seeing how I'm doing, [and] they're still seeing how my family is doing. That just lets me know that it's a great place that I'm going and they really care about me."

Otis speaks to Art Kaufman, UNC's linebackers coach, the most, but he also hears a lot from Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator.

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