UNC in Deloatch's Top Five

Romond Deloatch made his first football recruiting trip to North Carolina on Saturday.

"[UNC] is a pretty good school," Deloatch said. "I've kind of got my school list down to a top five and I just figured I'd knock them down [with visits] one at a time. So I took the trip [to UNC] when they offered it.

"I kind of want [my top five schools] to be a little surprise. But I can tell you what the next school I'm going to is: Georgia."

Deloatch, a 6-foot-5, 207-pound wide receiver from Hampton (Va.) Phoebus, visited UNC last year for a basketball game. Thus, Saturday's visit was his first to see the football side of the school.

"I thought it was pretty decent," Deloatch said. "I watched their practice. They're not really deep at wide receiver. I don't know what the freshman are looking like coming in this year, but I think they have a whole lot of playing time to offer.

"[The visit] was pretty much what I expected. I liked it. I liked the girls. It's just a nice school."

During the visit, Deloatch had conversations with Butch Davis, John Shoop, UNC's offensive coordinator, and Charlie Williams, UNC's wide receivers coach.

"They said they like my size and how I'm a big receiver," Deloatch said. "[Williams] was like ‘You really are a great receiver. You have great hands and great feet.' And he would like to have me at North Carolina."

There's one main obstacle preventing the coaches from offering Deloatch a scholarship, though.

"They didn't give me an offer, yet, because I'm not eligible as in my SAT scores," Deloatch said. "I get my score at the end of this week and they said send them in and I'll have an offer. They said they wanted my scores as soon as possible."

Deloatch says other schools share the same sentiment.

"They're all waiting for my SAT scores," Deloatch said.

Besides the conversations with coaches and watching practice, Deloatch's UNC visit included a quick campus tour and an academic presentation.

"They told us a lot of things North Carolina is tops in, education-wise," Deloatch said.

Deloatch's former teammate, Daquan Romero, was verbally committed to UNC for six months before switches his pledge and signing with Virginia.

"[Romero] told me it was a pretty good school," Deloatch said. "Every school doesn't fit every player. He thought that UVa fit him a little better. He said that North Carolina is a good school and it would fit me pretty well."

In addition to UNC, Deloatch has visited Florida State and Rutgers.

At the Nike Combine held in Charlotte, Deloatch clocked a 4.86-second 40-yard dash and a 4.6-second 20-yard shuttle, along with a 41-foot power ball toss, which was good enough for an impressive 89.37 SPARQ rating.

Since Deloatch joined Phoebus' football program as freshman it hasn't lost a single game (45-0) and has won the past three VHSL Division 5 State Titles. As a junior, Deloatch caught 24 passes for 422 yards and five touchdowns in a run-oriented offense.

"I want to go out next year with a bang and get a fourth straight ring," Deloatch said.

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