Northrup Enjoys Official Visit

Despite of his verbal commitment to Miami, Reggie Northrup officially visited North Carolina, his former co-finalist, over the weekend.

"I'm still committed to [Miami]," Northrup said. "But I just know that there are some things going on there that nobody is sure about what's going to happen. In talking to my dad, I just felt like I need to keep my options open, because I know that if all these sanctions come down on them really hard – no TV time, no bowls, [lost] scholarships – I don't think that's something I want to walk into.

"I understand that North Carolina has some things going on too. My dad and I talked to Coach [Everett] Withers about whether he's going to be there or not. He said if they keep doing the right things, they would make him the permanent coach, instead of the interim coach."

In addition to his father, Northrup, a 6-foot-2, 202-pound linebacker, was accompanied by his Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast teammate Joe Jackson. They met with Withers just before heading home on Sunday morning.

"Coach Withers made it clear that he wanted me there," Northrup said. "He just wanted to know how my weekend went and what would it take for me to become a part of his team. And my dad was asking several questions."

Northrup and company arrived in Chapel Hill on Friday afternoon. It was Northrup's and his father's second visit to UNC – they previously visited during the summer just before Northrup verbally committed to Miami.

"The first time [we visited], we were just really there to talk to the coaches and meet everybody on the staff," Northrup said. "They hadn't really started summer football yet – they were in summer school, but they didn't start camp. So I didn't really get a chance to hang around with any of the players. This being my official visit, I got to see a game and spend time with the players."

Senior linebacker Zach Brown, who had a key sack/force fumble/fumble recovery and an interception in Saturday's game against Wake Forest, hosted Northrup.

"My dad was telling me that [having Brown as my host] really let you know how much they want you," Northrup said. "So it was fun spending time with him and talking to him about the game. He took me around and it was great."

Most of Saturday afternoon revolved around UNC's in-state bout with Wake Forest, which the Tar Heels defeated, 49-24. "The whole setup was great," Northrup said. "I enjoyed it all – their [Old] Well Walk with the fans lined up and clapping, and the guys shaking their hands. The game had about 50-55 thousand [fans]."

Northrup met with Art Kaufman, UNC's linebackers coach and defensive coordinator, twice during his official visit – on Friday and on Sunday before meeting with Withers.

"On Friday, we went through their scheme and watched them prepare for Saturday," Northrup said. "Both times, we talked schemes and a lot of it is close to what we do at my school now – it's different terminology but it's a lot of the same setups."

Northrup isn't focused solely on Miami and UNC. He plans to take all five of his official visits, with Arkansas, Michigan State, and South Carolina rounding out the rest of his schedule. The only official trip he has set is Arkansas on Nov. 12 – the Razorbacks host Tennessee that weekend.

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