Kapilovic Pursuing Reader

Although it has maintained a spot among his finalists, North Carolina has some ground to make up with D.J. Reader due to the coaching change.

"[UNC] does have a lot of catching up to do," Reader said. "But it's not too much, because I like North Carolina as a university."

Specifically, UNC assistant coach Chris Kapilovic is attempting to fill the void created by the departure of Reader's previous primary recruiter, Sam Pittman. Through his recruitment, Reader, a 6-foot-3, 330-pound lineman from Greensboro (N.C.) Grimsley, established a strong bond with Pittman.

"Coach Kap' came by my school last week and I've talked to him a couple of times on the phone," Reader said. "I like Coach Kap' a lot. He seems like a nice guy. I'm just trying to get a feel for him right now."

Like the previous staff, UNC's new staff will allow Reader to play baseball in college. Unlike the previous staff, Kapilovic is recruiting Reader as a defensive tackle – the previous staff liked him as an offensive guard.

"I want to play defense in college," Reader said. "If a school recruits me for offense, that will hurt them a lot. I really don't want to play offense in college."

With UNC's change in position philosophy, all three of Reader's finalists – Clemson and Maryland, in addition to UNC – are now recruiting him as a defensive tackle.

Reader says he doesn't have a leader among his final three schools.

"I'm just looking to see which coaching staff I feel most comfortable around," Reader said. "And I want to see who's most willing to let me play baseball, too."

Reader will lean heavily on his official trips to help determine his comfort level with each coaching staff. He has already officially visited Maryland and has his final two official trips scheduled on consecutive weekends – Clemson on Jan. 20 and UNC on Jan. 27.

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