"[UNC] is real high on my list now." Ekanem, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end from Clifton (Va.) Centerville, says he doesn't have a firm favorite schools list. However, Ekanem, who has received nearly 20 scholarship offers, plans to establish a favorites list by the end of the summer.
Previously, Ekanem has said that Notre Dame and Oregon would be among his five official trips. He now says UNC has the "potential" to also be within his official visit schedule.
"[UNC] is a close drive, so I might not [officially visit]," Ekanem said. "But it all depends."
Ekanem arrived in Chapel Hill Saturday morning and almost immediately hit the practice field where he ran the 40-yard dash. During the run, Butch Davis timed Ekanem's first 10-yard split in the 1.62-1.63-second range.
"[Davis] told me how [my 10-yard split] was really fast and how if I went to the [NFL] Combine my time would be one of the fastest," Ekanem said.
Afterward, Ekanem worked out individually with Joe Robinson, UNC's defensive line coach, and Davis before the camp session officially began.
"I got a good feel for Coach Davis and Coach Robinson," Ekanem said. "I got to work with Coach Robinson in a practice setting, so I know how he is and what type of coach he is.
"Coach Davis has sent a lot of successful people to the [NFL] draft and he's produced a lot of defensive linemen into the draft and into the Pro Bowl. I got a good sense of what type of coach he is. He'll help me be the best defensive lineman I could be if I go there."
Ekanem then proceeded to spend the entire Saturday morning session of UNC's first two-day camp with Robinson.
"[Robinson] really coaches up a lot of people," Ekanem said. "When you make a mistake, he makes you go back and do them again right. He doesn't yell at you – he shows you how to do it right and tells you why it's useful. He tells you the reason why you're doing these drills. He tells you the main things you need to focus on – like your eye sight and your hand placement."
Following the session, Ekanem, who was accompanied by his mother, toured the entire campus and then met with Davis in his office.
"He was telling me about pass rushing," Ekanem said. "And then we just talked about recruiting, UNC obviously, [and] just what he's about."
Ekanem said he plans to visit two or three other schools this summer, but isn't sure of the destinations.