McCord Surprised by UNC Visit

Tyriq McCord accompanied his Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson teammates to Chapel Hill a couple weeks back as they participated in a session of North Carolina's final two-day camp.

"It was a pretty nice visit," McCord said. "I was pretty surprised, because I always thought of North Carolina as a basketball school. I learned a lot of things. I learned how a lot of their defensive linemen went in the first round and they have a lot of defensive linemen that are in the [National Football] League. I like how Coach [Butch] Davis has been to the Super Bowl."

McCord, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound defensive end, says he's considering all 25-to-30 schools that have offered him a scholarship. However, he mentioned that he's been impressed with the four schools he has visited thus far – Florida, UNC, South Carolina, and Southern Cal.

Towards the beginning of his senior year, McCord, who doesn't have any future visits planned, figures to come out with a favorite schools list. He then will take all five of his official trips before making a verbal commitment in January.

"I don't want to wait until Signing Day," McCord said.

Academics, relationship with the coaching staff, and opportunity for early playing time will be the main factors in McCord's collegiate decision, with academics being foremost.

During his UNC stay, McCord had a brief conversation with Davis.

"[UNC] told me I had an offer when they came down during the end of my junior season," McCord said. "Coach Davis, he was making sure I knew that I had an offer. It was pretty much a quick conversation, because I had to leave."

McCord and his Jefferson teammates were on campus for three hours. The majority of that time, McCord's teammates participated in the day's first camp session while he observed.

"I was sick the week before, so I really didn't feel up to participating," McCord said. "I was watching my teammates participate and they did pretty good. I know [UNC] is highly interested in Will Watson."

Before the camp session began, McCord was given a campus tour.

"I visited the facilities and saw how they're rebuilding the stadium," McCord said. "I visited the business program buildings and pretty much went around the campus."

McCord plans to major in either business or sports management in college.

Following his junior season, McCord was named first team All-Hillsborough County by the Tampa Tribune. On the year, he accumulated 82 tackles, 18 sacks, and three forced fumbles.

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