Eye-Opening Visit for Kennedy

An unofficial visit to North Carolina on Thursday has altered the landscape of Bryce Kennedy's recruitment.

"[The visit] opened my eyes a little bit," Kennedy said. "This visit tells me that all the schools are going to be great to go to, so I'm going to have to look at every school so that I make a good decision."

Heading into the visit, Kennedy was favoring South Carolina, the only school the 6-foot-3, 285-pound offensive lineman had visited prior to Thursday. Now, the Southern Pines (N.C.) Pinecrest product's feelings are more wide open.

"It's pretty equal [among my favorite schools] based on what I saw [on Thursday]," Kennedy said. "Everything is nice [at UNC] – nice facilities [and] nice campus. The campus is amazing and beautiful. The stadium is right there in the center of everything. So everything is close together. I liked it a lot.

"Schools like South Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, NC State, and North Carolina are pretty equal. They're all great schools, so it's hard to say who's ahead. I just have to see deeper details on each school."

Kennedy will visit his third school on Sunday when he travels to Duke. He's also in the process of scheduling a trip to NC State.

Accompanied by Pinecrest head coach Chris Metzger, Kennedy arrived at UNC around 11 a.m. and remained on campus for roughly four hours.

"First of all, I got to look at the stadium, go to the weight room, meet some of the players, and then I took a little tour of the whole campus like the dorms," Kennedy said. "I got to see the business program – they have a great business program out there. I got to see where everything would be at – like where my classes would be at if I went there. I got a good view of everything."

Kennedy then met individually with Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach, in his office.

"[He discussed] the academics and how they do things there," Kennedy said. "He talked about the position I'd play and what I would do if I came there."

UNC, like most schools, is recruiting Kennedy as an offensive guard, even though he has started at left tackle for Pinecrest since his sophomore season.

Before leaving campus, Kennedy had a brief conversation with Butch Davis.

"I got to meet him, say hi, and talk to him for a little bit," Kennedy said. "He was talking a lot about academics and life after football."

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