Ferranto Commits

In a span of four days, UNC offensive line coach Sam Pittman picked up his second commitment.

"I just committed to North Carolina," John Ferranto said on Sunday afternoon. "I just left campus… We're going to return to campus tomorrow and then leave [for home]."

Originally, Ferranto, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive tackle from Burlington (N.J.) Burlington Township, had planned to take a break from the recruiting process and then revisit the schools he's most interested in before verbally committing just prior to his senior football season.

"I called Coach Pittman a week or so ago," Ferranto said. "He said ‘So you guys coming down this weekend.' I said, ‘I'll ask my dad if he'll set up something and we'll come down.' It wasn't hard to get a hotel and we just decided to come down for the weekend.

"Once I got down here, [Pittman] gave us a really good tour. My mom loved it. My dad loved it. There was just no reason not to commit. I loved everything about it. I was just wasting people's time if I was just to sit there and say ‘Hey, I want to take more visits.' I fell in love with the school right there."

Although he didn't have any other visits planned, Ferranto was considering setting up trips to Connecticut and Temple. Those plans have since been canceled.

"I'm 100-percent done," Ferranto said. "I'm not going to any more places. I'm 100-percent solid."

At some point during the process, Ferranto has camped or visited Connecticut, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, and Villanova, in addition to UNC.

This weekend's visit to UNC accomplished a lot which ultimately lead to Ferranto's verbal commitment.

"The first thing was we brought Mom down here so she got to check it out," Ferranto said. "She liked it.

"And then I hung out with a couple players like Landon Turner. So I got to talk to them and ask them questions. I thought it was good to find out what they thought about North Carolina.

"And then, going over film, I got to spend a whole bunch of time with Coach Pittman. We connected well. Then towards the end, we actually went into the office and we talked a little football, put some film up, and we went over some things. I just felt I could really learn from this coach."

Pittman also explained how UNC plans on utilizing Ferranto, who long snapped in addition to working out at offensive line at the Tar Heels' camp a few weeks back.

"Coach Pittman told me I'm coming in as an offensive tackle – not as a long snapper," Ferranto said. "I'm going to work with the offensive line fulltime. And then I'm not going to be a punt long snapper – the most snapping I'll do is extra point and field goals. I would practice doing long snapping, but that wouldn't be my main thing."

Temple was the first Division I-A school to offer Ferranto. After UNC offered a few days following his performance at the camp in Chapel Hill, Connecticut followed suit. He most recently camped at Rutgers, which appeared close to also offering.

"Rutgers just told me that they can't offer me right now," Ferranto said. "I think they wanted me to wait a little bit, but I wasn't really too high on Rutgers – it was just a great learning experience going to that camp."

It wasn't until late May when Ferranto received his first scholarship offer. Almost a month later, he's verbally committed to UNC.

"It's just very rewarding, because this recruiting process has taken a long time without getting any offers," Ferranto said. "Some of the schools I went to and camped, I really didn't like too much. But to find a school I love and feel comfortable with, and they feel comfortable with me is very rewarding. But it also keeps me hungry."

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