Napoleon Returns to UNC

Brandon Napoleon returned to North Carolina on Saturday for the Tar Heels first "official" junior day of the 2012 recruiting class.

"It went well," Napoleon said. "I found out a few more things about the academics, which were very intriguing. And I had a great time."

Napoleon, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep, made his first visit to UNC in late January for the Tar Heels' basketball game against NC State.

"We talked about [academics last time], but [Saturday] we hit on it hard," Napoleon said. "For about 30 minutes it was all academics."

Accompanied by his parents, Napoleon left for UNC on Saturday morning. They remained in the area until the following morning and got back home just in time to watch his favorite college basketball team take on Kentucky in the East Regional final of the NCAA Tournament.

"I'm a UNC fan – that's my favorite basketball team," Napoleon said. "I thought they could have done better in the beginning, but they made a run. I had hoped they would win the national championship."

From a basketball fan standpoint, Napoleon sees the perks of choosing UNC.

"That would be a great situation, because I could go to the basketball games and sit up close and personal and watch [home games]," Napoleon said.

Much of Napoleon's visit Saturday was taken up by UNC's seventh spring practice session.

"Practice was fun," Napoleon said. "They actually got to hit. They had a little scrimmage at the end, which was really intense. [UNC] should be good this year."

Throughout the practice, Napoleon, who is being recruited by UNC as an athlete with a focus on quarterback, says he mostly watched the quarterbacks and defensive backs.

"At the quarterback position, I feel like I could play there," Napoleon said. "Coach [John] Shoop is a great coach. If I do go down there, I feel like he would coach me up real well.

"And then if I play defense, I feel like it would be the same way, because the defensive coaches are great coaches, as well. It would be a win-win situation for either side." During various points of his stay, Napoleon spent time with defensive coordinator Everret Withers, offensive coordinator Shoop, and Allen Mogridge.

"[Withers] said I'm a perfect size for a corner," Napoleon said. "I have long arms, so I'm they're type of corner.

"Coach Shoop just said if I went there to play quarterback that it would be a great situation for me too.

"Coach ‘Mo' is my recruiting coordinator. He just took us in the golf cart around the campus. That was mostly for my mom, because she didn't get to see the campus last time because see didn't come."

Napoleon plans to return to UNC in June for the Tar Heels' camp to better determine his future position.

"I'll [work out] an hour with Coach Shoop and an hour with the defensive coach," Napoleon said.

UNC, along with Indiana and Rutgers, has already verbally offered Napoleon a scholarship.

Napoleon doesn't have any favorite schools, but plans to announce his first favorites list in late May. He says there's a "great chance" UNC will make the list.

"I love the school," Napoleon said of UNC. "It's a great school with a beautiful campus. And the coaches are great."

Besides UNC, Napoleon has visited Maryland, Rutgers, and West Virginia. He's visiting Connecticut on Saturday and Virginia Tech next month. He also plans on camping at Maryland and Virginia Tech, in addition to UNC, over the summer.

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