'Great Experience' for Otis

Besides enjoying himself and learning more about his future home, North Carolina verbal commitment Norkeithus Otis officially visited Chapel Hill over the weekend with the goal of assisting UNC's recruiting efforts of Curtis Grant.

"We had an awesome time," Otis said. "[Grant] and I were with Zach Brown and Kevin Reddick and a lot of other football players. We had fun and we said ‘Hey, this is where you need to come.' But we didn't try to lie to him – [Brown and Reddick] just told him how it was."

Otis, who has developed a friendship with Grant – a Va. Prospect ranked the top linebacker in the nation - on the recruiting trail, believes UNC's chances with Grant, the top outside linebacker in the nation, are "high."

"[Grant] said it's down to Ohio State and Carolina," Otis said. "We'll see who he decides to go with.

"[Grant] saw all the top linebackers in the country that have committed [to UNC] and what it would be like to be a part of that team and that linebacker dynasty. Hopefully, he'll decide to come to Carolina."

Otis, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound linebacker from Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook, was joined on his UNC official visit by his two younger brothers, one of which is a 2012 prospect that UNC is already recruiting, Nortavius.

"It went real well," Otis said. "We had a great time. It was a great experience. It's a great place to be.

"We got to see some of the dorm rooms, talk to some of the academic [support staff], eat, hang out with some of the players [and] see what they go through. I got to experience an awesome basketball game [and] an awesome track meet. We had a great time."

The basketball game was Otis' first in the Smith Center.

"We had fun," Otis said. "It was nice. There were a lot of fans cheering. It was an awesome experience. People were cheering for us and were like ‘Welcome to Carolina.' They treated us like we were already players there."

Otis closed out his official visit with the customary meeting with Butch Davis on Sunday morning.

"He just told us this morning how he was glad that we were part of the Tar Heel family now," Otis said. "He said he was glad to have us be a part of the next four years that's about to come. He's a really great person."

Otis officially became a part of the Tar Heel family in early November when he verbally committed to UNC.

"It's an awesome feeling [to be committed]," Otis said. "First, it's a blessing and an honor to be able to open so many doors for me to just be able to accept scholarships [and] to be able to get scholarships to some of the top universities in the country. But to be a part of Carolina – it's right here, right [at] home, my family can come see me – it's an awesome feeling. I'm glad about my decision."

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