Williamson Confident After Visit

North Carolina verbal commitment Phillip Williamson received his first in-person exposure to the Tar Heels' new coaching staff on Saturday during an unofficial visit.

"I love it," Williamson said. "They all have a good personality and good energy."

Despite all the turmoil, Williamson, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker from Durham (N.C.) Jordan, never wavered on the commitment he made to UNC back in May. Saturday's visit, though, confirmed to himself that he was making the right decision.

"Now that I've met [the coaching staff], it makes me feel real confident with [my commitment]," Williamson said. "I feel better about the situation since I met the coaches. Meeting everyone makes it a little bit easier."

Dave Duggan, who is now Williamson's primary coaching contact for UNC, was the only member of the coaching staff not on campus Saturday – he was in San Antonio for the AFCA Coaching Convention. That didn't bother Williamson, though, since he's had several phone conversations with Duggan and Duggan visited Jordan High School last Thursday.

Duggan's absence allowed Williamson to mingle with the rest of UNC's coaching staff on Saturday.

"I spent the same amount of time with every coach," Williamson said. "I actually did some recruiting of Alex [McCalister] and [other recruits]. I think I did a good job [with recruiting]."

McCalister is set to announce his collegiate destination this coming Tuesday with Florida, Georgia Tech, and UNC being his finalists.

After spending time in the players' longue Saturday, Williamson and the other recruits on campus attended UNC's basketball game against Boston College. It was Williamson's third Tar Heel basketball game.

"It was nothing new to me, but it was still fun," Williamson said. "It was fun to see Coach [Larry Fedora] on the court and hearing how well we're going to do next year."

Speaking of Fedora, Williamson left campus Saturday with a positive opinion of UNC's new head coach.

"He's a laid back guy, but he's also energetic," Williamson said. "He has a joking side and he seems to have a lot of fun with what he does – I like that about him. And he's about winning."

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