Ark. WR Schedules Official Visit

To help fill its depth at wide receiver, North Carolina has reached into Arkansas to recruit Brad Culp.

"I started hearing from North Carolina about three weeks ago," Culp said. "Coach [Gunter] Brewer called me while I was duck hunting. He saw me at a camp during the summer. He just talked to me about how the staff up [at UNC] would like to put me at the slot receiver and that I would fit in perfect up there because they throw the ball a lot."

Brewer discovered Culp, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver from Fayetteville (Ark.), while an assistant on Mississippi's coaching staff. Although Brewer wasn't his primary recruiter at the time, he and Culp had conversed.

Since Brewer's initial phone call three weeks ago as a UNC assistant coach, Culp has had "too many [conversations] to count" with the Tar Heels' new wide receivers coach.

"He calls me up and just asks me how things are going," Culp said. "And we set up an official visit for Jan. 27."

This coming weekend, Culp will visit Mississippi for his first official trip.

While Ole Miss has offered Culp a scholarship, he's not exactly sure of the status of a UNC offer.

"They haven't said, ‘We're giving you a full ride,'" Culp said. "That's something we'll talk about more on the official visit."

Although he's also received scholarship offers from Arkansas State and Memphis, Culp's focus is Ole Miss and UNC. Heading into his official visits, he's not leaning in one direction.

"I'm trying to learn," Culp said. "I really don't know what I want in a college yet. I'm hoping these official visits will help me out. I like Ole Miss because they're in the SEC and I've heard a lot of great things about North Carolina. I honestly have no idea where I'm going to go."

Prior to Brewer's phone call three weeks ago, Culp's knowledge of UNC was minimal. Since then, though, he has conducted some research.

Additionally, Culp has had a conversation with former Tar Heel Zack Pianalto, a fellow Arkansas native who now plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A relative of Culp's is a personal trainer who has worked out with Pianalto and arranged for Pianalto and Culp to speak.

"[Pianalto] said if he could go back and do it today, he would do it all over again," Culp said. "He said he loved North Carolina, it was a great school with a bunch of nice people. He said the campus is beautiful and they have great facilities. He said it has everything you could ask for."

Culp has been a starter at Fayetteville since his sophomore season. However, his junior campaign was cut short by a broken wrist. At full strength, he ended his senior season with 65 receptions for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns and 300 yards rushing, while Fayetteville went 12-2 and won the AHSAA 7A Championship.

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