Staub Has Informative Visit

Nathan Staub returned to North Carolina this past weekend for his first official visit.

"It was very informative and it was a very good experience," Staub said. "The main thing was interacting with the players and some of the recruits that were there. Actually one guy that was also on an official, he committed so that was cool. But interacting with the people that I'm going to be around was good."

The official visit hasn't changed Staub's favorite schools list. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder from Buford (Ga.) says his feelings remain equal between finalists California, Harvard, UNC, and Virginia.

"I think things are going to stay the same until I do my other official [visits]," Staub said. "[The UNC official visit] was awesome, but I'm waiting to take my other officials to compare and contrast the schools."

Staub is scheduled to officially visit Virginia during the weekend of Oct. 15 when the Cavaliers host Georgia Tech. He's still in the planning stages with California and Harvard but says both trips will be taken during the season.

"I'll make a decision during the early part of November," Staub said.

After helping Buford defeat Atlanta (Ga.) Therrell on Friday night, Staub and his parents hit the road before stopping in Charlotte around 2 a.m. Following some much needed sleep, they resumed their trek to UNC, arriving on campus late Saturday morning.

Most of Saturday was spent in Kenan Stadium watching UNC take on Staub's fellow finalist Virginia.

"The way [UNC] came out of the tunnel was awesome," Staub said. "It was a really cool atmosphere. They have passionate fans in a pretty much sold out stadium. And they preformed great on the field."

Following the game, Staub spent time with his player host, Sean Fitzpatrick, a red-shirt freshmen tight end.

"We hung out and I met some of the student body and I got to interact with them," Staub said. On Sunday, Staub had breakfast with the UNC coaching staff and then toured the Blue Zone.

"The Blue Zone was incredible," Staub said. "It wasn't completed during my other visit."

Staub then had extensive meetings with Art Kaufman, UNC's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, and Ken Browning, UNC's running backs coach.

"We talked about watching film and where I fit in," Staub said. "The offensive coaches told me they would love for me to come to the offensive side of the ball and Coach Kaufman has told me he'd love for me to come to the defensive side of the ball, but I think they're both more interested in me choosing North Carolina over a specific side of the ball."

Staub himself is torn on what position he'd like to play in college – fullback or linebacker.

"I think I'm going to choose a college and then choose my position," Staub said. "I haven't decided yet, but when I commit, I'll also decide that."

Before heading out on Sunday afternoon, Staub and his parents met with Everett Withers for 20 minutes.

"[The meeting] was very informative," Staub said. "We talked about everything, really – different situations and the current situation now at North Carolina and what's going to happen. We were trying to get some clarity on our end."

After meeting with Withers, Staub says that he and his parents feel more comfortable about the uncertainty that surrounds UNC's football program.

"Meeting with him answered some questions that we felt that we needed answered," Staub said. "It helped us feel more confident in the situation."

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