UNC Evaluating JuCo CB

North Carolina has expressed significant interest in Mohammed Seisay, a JuCo cornerback with several ties to UNC.

"It's not set in stone, but my head coach told me that [UNC] has given me a verbal offer," Seisay said. "We're planning an [evaluation] visit. They should be coming out here soon. They're coming to see basically my height and weight, and to see my transcripts."

On Eastern Arizona Junior College's roster, Seisay is listed as 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds.

"[UNC] is looking for a big, physical corner, so I guess that's what put me on their radar," Seisay said. "They really like my size [on paper] – they just want to see me in-person, because they've never met me, they've just heard about me.

"And also they heard about the forty time I ran over here. I ran a 4.33 – they're really impressed with that."

Although he is currently enrolled at a JuCo in Arizona, Seisay has several ties to UNC. He played high school football at Springfield (Va.) West alongside current Tar Heel starting quarterback Bryn Renner. Prior to transferring to Eastern Arizona last spring, he spent two seasons at Memphis where his strength and conditioning coach was Tom Myslinski, who currently holds the same position at UNC.

"It's all a coincidence really," Seisay said. "I went to school with Bryn and Coach ‘Mylo' and I are real cool, but it's just a coincidence [that UNC is showing me interest]. It's all kind of funny, really."

Seisay, who graduated high school a year before Renner, says he hasn't spoken to the UNC quarterback in a long time.

"I haven't been able to get a hold of him since the whole move, because I'm in a completely different area and have a new phone number," Seisay said. "I plan on trying to get a hold of him in the future and we'll be able to talk."

After graduating from West Springfield, Seisay prepped at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy before signing with Memphis. He red-shirted his first year at Memphis and then started all 12 games at cornerback the following season -- recording 39 tackles and two interceptions and earning Freshmen All-American honors. Despite that success, he decided to transfer this past spring.

"When I signed with Memphis, I signed with Coach [Tommy] West and his staff," Seisay said. "They were fired after my red-shirt year and Coach [Larry] Porter came in. At first, everything was good and dandy, but the communication with me and the coaching staff wasn't on par. For me, communication is a big key for me for whatever school I want to be at. I want to be comfortable with all my coaches. The bond and communication with me and that coaching staff just wasn't there. So I just wanted to move on."

With his red-shirt season already used, transfer rules would force Seisay to lose a year of eligibility regardless. Thus, instead of transferring directly to a Division I-A program and sitting out a year, he choose the JuCo route where he'd be eligible to play right away.

UNC has primarily corresponded with Eastern Arizona's head football coach John O'Mara – largely attempting to set up the evaluation visit. Seisay has, though, had one brief conversation with UNC assistant coach Art Kaufman.

"[Kaufman] talked to me like he wanted to get to know me," Seisay said. "We talked about my style of play. And he told me they're going to get someone to come and see me in-person."

In addition to the UNC interest, Seisay has received scholarship offers from Indiana and Kansas State.

Seisay, who will graduate from Eastern Arizona in December and have two years of eligibility remaining, hopes to make his collegiate decision sometime in November. Achieving that objective won't be easy. Eastern Arizona plays every Saturday until mid-November with one bye week, which leaves very little time for official visits.

"Right now, I'm just going to take it one step at a time and really lean on my coaches," Seisay said. "I might have to take official visits during the week. Even then, I might not have enough time to go to all the schools I want to go to. Timing is going to be tight."

Open to every school that shows him interest, Seisay is unsure which schools he'll end up officially visiting.

Seisay, whose family still resides in Virginia, says he has a "high interest" in UNC.

"I feel like they're on the rise, even with the whole coaching issue that went down," Seisay said. "I feel like I can see myself fitting in there. Location isn't a big deal for me, but if I played over there, my parents would be able to see me play."

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