N.J. TE Gets Tar Heel Tour

Michael Giacone made a day trip to North Carolina on Wednesday to get a closer look at a school he had interest in and recently heard so much about.

"[The visit] actually strengthen my opinion of the school," Giacone said. "Obviously, the campus is gorgeous, but getting to talk with the coaches, getting to see the team, and also I never realized the way they use their tight ends – all that was very attractive to me."

Giacone, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end, had considered visiting UNC for a few weeks. But, the glowing praise from his Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep teammate Brandon Napoleon enticed him to actually set it up.

"Before I went down, he was constantly bragging to me about it – like how beautiful the school was and nice the coaches were," Giacone said. "I always liked the school, but having Brandon going there, he gave me a good feel for the school. So, I went down there.

"What he said was right – it's a great school."

Accompanied by his father and uncle, Giacone flew down to North Carolina on Wednesday morning.

"What we did was we got a campus tour, talked to Coach Mo' [Allen Mogridge], and then went in a meeting with Coach [Butch] Davis [and] talked to him for a while," Giacone said. "We saw the facilities. It was nice."

During the meeting with Davis, Giacone received an overview of what the school had to offer – particularly from a tight end's perspective.

"[Davis] was just talking about the program, the tradition, how they use their tight ends, [and] his prototypical tight ends – which I fit the requirements for," Giacone said.

Giacone also sat down with Mogridge, his primary recruiter and UNC's tight ends coach, in his office.

"We went over schemes that they do with the tight end," Giacone said. "It was very interesting."

Mogridge also discussed the status of a possible UNC scholarship offer for Giacone.

"He said they wanted to see me and talk it over as a staff," Giacone said. "I actually spoke to Coach Mo' [Thursday night] about it and he said they're going to be having a recruiting meeting on Monday and talk about it more then."

During the month of March, Giacone picked up offers from Central Florida – where his uncle played in the late 1980s – and Connecticut.

"We're expecting [an offer] from Maryland and Indiana within the next couple of weeks," Giacone said.

Just before the team was about to hit the practice field, Giacone and company left campus to catch their flight home.

Besides UNC, Giacone has visited Boston College, Central Florida, Connecticut, Maryland, Penn State, and Rutgers. He's considering scheduling upcoming trips to Indiana, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin.

Amid his travel schedule, Giacone is not ready to name favorite schools.

"Right now, with so much going on – all the schools are great [and] all the coaches are great – I'm just waiting it out a little bit," Giacone said. "After May, I want to start narrowing it down and I want to make my decision in the summer."

After starting a few games his sophomore season, Giacone became a full-time starter at tight end during his junior year. During that period, St. Peter's Prep employed a run-dominant offense, which limited him to eight catches for 150 yards and a touchdown as a junior. However, this season St. Peter's Prep will use a more balanced offense.

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