Ervilus Names UNC His Leader

After officially visiting North Carolina over the weekend, Guito Ervilus has a favorite school.

"Right now, fresh off the visit, I'll put [UNC] as my No. 1 team," Ervilus said. "But I have four more visits I want to take before making a final decision."

Ervilus, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end from Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge, also now knows the destinations of his final four official visits – Florida, Florida State, Louisville, and Miami. The only trip that's scheduled is Louisville for the weekend of Nov. 12 – the Cardinals host Pittsburgh that Saturday.

The school's atmosphere is what catapulted UNC into Ervilus' leadership position.

"I just feel like I could really fit in there," Ervilus said. "Everyone was nice and I got along with everyone."

Among the people Ervilus got along with were the contingent of Floridians on UNC's roster, specifically player host Tim Jackson, a sophomore defensive end from St. Petersburg (Fla.).

"The first thing I asked [Jackson] was if it's always this cold, because it was pretty cold compared to Florida," Ervilus said. "He was like ‘It's not normally like this.' But he knows where I'm coming from.

"He told me I have a better chance of playing at North Carolina than at other schools, because a couple of players are trying to go into the draft. The [starting] D-end right now, [Quinton Coples], he's going to go in the first round."

In addition to Jackson's sentiments, early playing time was something the UNC coaching staff stressed throughout Ervilus' visit, since it's something he's looking for in a school. Ervilus had meetings with Joe Robinson, UNC's defensive line coach, and Everett Withers on Sunday.

"Coach Robinson basically talked about what their D-ends were doing," Ervilus said. "He talked about playing time and how many D-linemen they've put into the NFL.

"Coach Withers was just telling me about how they have a great educational program. He told me about their graduation rate. He was telling me how [graduating from UNC] would set me up for life."

While Ervilus valued the early playing time UNC is offering, his mother prized the school's academic reputation.

"She feels like UNC is the type of college that has great academics," Ervilus said. "She always talks about academics with me."

Shortly after arriving on campus on Saturday, Ervilus and his mother were escorted to Kenan Stadium for the UNC-Wake Forest game.

"It was the homecoming game, so it was a great atmosphere," Ervilus said. "It was crazy, because before the game there really wasn't anyone in the stands. But as soon as the game started, the whole stadium filled up and there was a lot of noise and the crowd was cheering. It was just a great football atmosphere."

While the rest of the official visitors were long gone by Sunday afternoon, Ervilus didn't end his stay until early Monday morning.

"We arrived so late on Saturday," Ervilus said. "We had a game and we didn't want to drive, so we just scheduled it that way."

Guito Ervilus Profile


Inside Carolina Top Stories