Mastromatteo Firm After Phone Call

Over the weekend, North Carolina verbal commitment Dan Mastromatteo received his first phone call from a UNC recruiter since Larry Fedora's hiring.

"I heard from Coach Dan Disch," Mastromatteo said. "He called me Saturday.

"I really liked him. From the phone call he seemed like a real good guy. He seemed like he liked me. And I liked him a lot too."

Outside of a knee-jerk de-commitment when Butch Davis was dismissed which he quickly rescinded, Mastromatteo, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker from Absecon (N.J.) Holy Spirit, has been firm to UNC. Saturday's phone call does nothing but solidify those feelings.

"It really firms it up a lot more," Mastromatteo said. "I was getting a little nervous when they weren't calling me, but since they called me I feel real comfortable talking to Coach Disch. I'm firm as could be."

Disch, who is currently the safeties coach and defensive coordinator for Fedora at Southern Miss, hasn't officially been hired by UNC. However, he's among the ten coaches permitted to recruit for UNC.

"[Disch] just told me I fit into what the defensive scheme is trying to do and they're going to start recruiting a lot harder," Mastromatteo said.

However, Disch, who brought the 4-2-5 defense to Southern Miss, didn't identify the defensive scheme UNC will use under Fedora.

"He just said the defense that they're going to use, I'd fit in it really well," Mastromatteo said. "He didn't go into specifics."

Disch also didn't discuss the dynamics of UNC's potential coaching staff. In addition to Disch, Vic Koenning, who is currently the interim head coach and defensive coordinator at Illinois, is also permitted to recruit for the Tar Heels.

"It sounded like [Disch] was going to be the defensive coordinator, but he didn't really go into details," Mastromatteo said.

Having already taken his UNC official visit, Mastromatteo and Disch also discussed how Mastromatteo will meet the Tar Heels' new coaching staff. The best possible scenario is for Mastromatteo to schedule an official visit-style unofficial trip to UNC. However, because of distant, he might have to settle for in-home visits from various staff members.

"He just asked me, ‘Do you just want to meet all the coaches?'" Mastromatteo said. "I said, ‘Yea, pretty much.' I would really like to try to make another unofficial, but if not I'll just do in-home visits."

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