Coker Part of the Family

Kanler Coker's North Carolina official visit over the weekend marked his first steps on campus as a Tar Heel verbal commitment.

"I felt like I was part of a family," the 6-foot-4, 195-pound quarterback from Flowery Branch said. "The players are all just good people. They treated me like I was one of them already."

Technically, Coker's official visit began on Friday. Being a UNC basketball fan, he arrived in Chapel Hill with his family on Thursday on their own dime to catch the Tar Heels' basketball game against NC State.

"I know it was a blow out, but it was fun just seeing North Carolina getting after it and just the atmosphere," Coker said. "They hate State – it's a big rivalry. They said it's probably the biggest football rival. Just to see how the fans are and to think there will be three times as many fans at a football game, it was exciting."

The following morning, Coker continued to be "just a fan."

"They took us over to the Dean Dome and we got to meet Coach [Roy] Williams and spent a little time with him," Coker said. "We saw the basketball museum and got to catch a little bit of basketball practice."

On Saturday, Coker was given an in-depth campus tour.

"I'm undecided on my major, so I just got an overview of everything [academically]," Coker said. "We saw everything from the football side – from the locker room to the weight room to the equipment room."

Before heading home on Sunday morning, Coker sat down with Larry Fedora.

"We talked about when I will enroll – there are two summer semesters," Coker said. "We just talked some football. We talked about what he did at Southern Miss. I just got his background and got to know him a little better."

Throughout the visit, Coker spent a great deal of time with Blake Anderson, UNC's offensive coordinator.

"We just did a ton together," Coker said. "We ate together and played ping-pong together. I got to watch some film with him and talk some ball."

Both Anderson and Fedora discussed the quarterback situation, which projects to have four scholarship quarterbacks with the recent verbal commitment of James Summers.

"They just said it's going to be a lot of fun competing," Coker said. "Competing is part of the game. Bryn [Renner] is definitely starting, so we have a while to see what's going to happen.

"The Summers kid, I watched [his highlights]. He's a great quarterback. He's a great athlete. He runs the ball amazingly."

Due to the length of his stay, Coker had two player-hosts – freshman defensive back Kam Jackson and walk-on quarterback Caleb Pressley. He also spent Thursday night with Renner.

"[Jackson] went to my old high school," Coker said. "But ended up transferring. And then I hung out with Caleb Pressley. They were both great, but I wasn't just with them – I was with a ton of players. Everyone was just telling me how the college life is, as far as handling your business class-wise and combining it with football. All the recruits were sitting at the same table, so we were just asking [the players] a ton of questions.

"Renner told me when I get here, he'll spend a ton of time with me and teach me almost like an older brother. He said he'll help me with everything – whether it be my studies or watching film. He said that's what T.J. Yates did with him."

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