Ferranto Meets Coaches on Visit

North Carolina verbal commitment John Ferranto's official visit to UNC over the weekend was his first chance to personally meet the Tar Heels' new coaching staff.

"At first, they were all very welcoming," Ferranto said. "They seemed like great coaches as a whole.

"Individually, Coach [Chris Kapilovic] seems like a great coach that I can learn a lot from. He went over a film session with me. Just from that small time with him, I feel like I can learn a lot from him.

"I got a chance to speak to Coach [Larry] Fedora a couple of times. He really impressed me. He's really excited, very enthusiastic. I'm really excited to be able to play for him."

In addition to meeting the coaching staff in-person, Ferranto, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound offensive tackle from Burlington Township (N.J.), also spent a great deal of time with current Tar Heel players and received an in-depth look at the academic side of UNC.

"I've hung out with the players a little bit before, but this was the first time I got a lot of one-on-one time with them," Ferranto said. "That was probably one of the best parts – seeing how they live and seeing what their days are like.

"And then we saw the academic side of what's going to happen when I get to UNC. I got to talk a business professor."

Sean Fitzpatrick, a red-shirt freshman and Pittsford (N.Y.) native, served as Ferranto's player host for the weekend.

"I got to hang out with [Fitzpatrick] the most, but we kind of hung out as a group with other players and recriuts," Ferranto said. "As far as us both being from the northeast, he's all the way up near Canada and I'm in New Jersey, so there's not that big of a connection. But I was able to connect with him because he's a nice guy. I just had a great time being around him and all the other players."

Through conversations with Kapilovic and Fedora, Ferranto was informed of UNC's game plan for him when he arrives on campus.

"They said everybody is going to come in with a chance to play and the best players will play," Ferranto said. "I'm going to come in as a tackle and work my butt off."

Ferranto's mother, father and sister accompanied him on the official visit. Although Ferranto and his father have visited the campus on three previous occasions, it was his mother's and sister's first trip to Chapel Hill.

"When we got there, we got a basic tour of the campus," Ferranto said. "We ate a lot of food, went to a lot of restaurants, hung out with the coaches, got a tour of the facilities, went over details on their strength and conditioning program, and then we got an academic tour. At night, we hung out with the players a lot."

Ferranto, who has never wavered on his commitment, says his official visit reinforces his decision.

"It shows that I made the right decision," Ferranto said. "It's a great place to be. It's a great coaching staff. It makes it me feel better that I made the right decision."

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