UNC Among Ga. LB's Top Schools

North Carolina welcomed Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson linebackers Darreon Herring and Raphael Kirby, as well as Herring's father, to its campus on Saturday. Both have received UNC scholarship offers.

"I wanted to check out North Carolina," Herring said. "I've always liked that school. I just wanted to go see that state and get a chance to see that college.

"It went well. I love the campus. It had a good educational side. It has great facilities for football. Everything was just great."

The visit was Herring's first to Chapel Hill.

"[The visit] changed my thoughts [about UNC] a lot," the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder said. "I really didn't think North Carolina would be that nice, until I visited it. But when I first got up there as soon as we stepped on campus, I loved it. It was a nice environment. It felt great."

Following the visit, Herring has a favorable view of UNC.

"They're among the top schools of my list," Herring said. "It's a nice school."

Regardless, Herring, who holds 14 scholarship offers, doesn't claim a list of favorite schools.

"I'm still looking," Herring said. "I'll probably make a decision after my spring game."

In addition to UNC, Herring has visited Alabama, Auburn, Florida, South Florida, and Vanderbilt. He doesn't have any upcoming trips planned.

The majority of Herring's stay on Saturday included a full campus tour.

"They let us see the dorms and all the classes," Herring said. "And then they took us to the stadium, the facilities, [and] the weight room. Basically every inch of the campus we visited."

Herring has had a couple conversations with Troy Douglas, his area recruiter, prior to Saturday's visit.

"I've talked to Coach Douglas on the phone," Herring said. "He just said they'd love to have me up there and just telling me that they'll be at my school for a visit for spring practice."

Despite his scholarship offer list, Herring won't be a fulltime varsity starter until this coming season. He played in every game during his junior season, but only started seven. He ended the 2010 season with 73 tackles, three sacks, one interception, and a forced fumble. He transferred to Stephenson from Lithonia (Ga.) King prior to his junior year.

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