UNC Among Fla. OL's Favorites

With the assistance of several unofficial visits, Cody Waldrop has established a favorite schools list of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

"I feel I fit in with all of [those schools]," Waldrop said. "I like all their coaches and the players and the surrounding town – I feel like it's somewhere I could be for four years."

Waldrop, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound offensive lineman from Seffner (Fla.) Armwood, has made unofficial visits to all four favorite schools, with the exception of UNC.

"With North Carolina, it's Coach [Sam] Pittman," Waldrop said. "I've sat and talked to him on the phone for hours at a time. I like the guy, I liked everything he told me, and I want to get a better chance to evaluate them when I got up there in the summer."

During the first week of Armwood's spring practice, Pittman first reached out to Waldrop.

"I think he got film on me first and watched that, before he called and talked to me and gave me an offer," Waldrop said. "And then he visited my school after that to see me practice for a day."

Over 20 schools have offered Waldrop, including Cincinnati, Georgia, UNC, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas Tech, and Vanderbilt.

Since Pittman first made contact with Waldrop, the two have had weekly conversations.

"It's mostly ‘How are you doing' and how our weeks are going" Waldrop said. "At first, he talked about where he wants me to play and how many people he has on the depth chart."

Pittman is recruiting Waldrop as a center. He has started at offensive guard the past two seasons, but played center as a freshman.

"I have aspirations – just like every kid my age – of playing in the [National Football] League," Waldrop said. "I know that my chances are better if I can play both positions."

Waldrop has made unofficial visits to Auburn, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.

"Before the spring, North Carolina hadn't really recruited me and I did a trip to Duke and South Carolina," Waldrop said. "If North Carolina had been interested then, we would have visited there then."

Waldrop and his father are now working on scheduling a summer visit to UNC, as well as return trips to Georgia and South Carolina.

"We don't have a set date [for the UNC visit], but we're definitely trying to schedule something," Waldrop said. "I'm not too sure yet – it's whatever my dad wants to do and what works out for him."

Waldrop has also begun thinking about official visits.

"I'm definitely taking an official visit on Sept. 9 to Georgia – that's one of our bye weeks," Waldrop said. "They actually play South Carolina that week, so I'm definitely taking an official visit there for sure.

"I want to try to get an official visit to South Carolina. And if my unofficial visit to North Carolina over the summer goes well, I'll definitely try to get an official visit there, too."

Waldrop doesn't have a timetable for a verbal commitment.

"I seriously don't know," Waldrop said. "It could be in the middle of the season, it could be after – it just whenever it happens."

However, Waldrop knows what he's looking for in a school.

"First and foremost, do I fit in with everything – town, players, coaches, people," Waldrop said. "I want somewhere I can be for four years – that's the most important thing to me.

"And then, is the coach going to be there the whole time I'm there? Is the coach going to up and leave, and a whole other coaching staff going to come in. I know that's not controllable, but I want a staff that's going to be there.

"And the other things is what my dad thinks is best for me."

Waldrop believes he'll stay in the southeast, with UNC being the furthest he'd go.

With the class of 2009, UNC signed two players out of Armwood – Mywan Jackson and Angelo Hadley. Hadley never made it to campus, but Jackson is currently a junior cornerback.

"I haven't really talked to [Jackson] that much," Waldrop said. "He was the quarterback my freshman year, but I really haven't had much of a relationship with him."

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