UNC Among Ga. OL's Favorites

Alan Knott was one of the out-of-state recruits to travel to Chapel Hill on Saturday for North Carolina's Junior Day.

"It went great," Knott said. "I like it up there a lot. Shaq Wiggins and I got there a little bit earlier, so we hung out in the players' lounge and talked to Coach Kap' [Chris Kapilovic] and Coach [Blake] Anderson. Then we signed in and got to eat some hamburgers up by the Bell Tower. Then talked to Coach [Larry] Fedora for a while and then went on some tours of the campus. It was great."

UNC is among the three schools to have offered Knott, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman from Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek. Southern Miss and South Carolina are the two other schools to have offered.

"Coach Grady Brown, he's at South Carolina now and he offered me at Southern Miss," Knott said. "With North Carolina, most of the staff that's there now is from Southern Miss."

Knott was accompanied to UNC by his parents, younger brother, and teammate Shaquille Wiggins, a cornerback who is committed to Georgia. The quintet met with Fedora in his office midway through their stay.

"Basically, [Fedora] just explained the recruiting process," Knott said. "He explained how ‘if you commit to us, we commit to you. We only offered four spots and if those four spots get filled, then we take your scholarship.' He just talked about what his plans were for the next year and the years to come."

Following the visit, Knott lists UNC and South Carolina as his top two schools.

"Coach Grady Brown, he and I have always had a good relationship and I've always been a big fan of Steve Spurrier," Knott said. "Coach Fedora and them, they're now in an ACC school so they're going to be doing a lot of damage in the next few years. And I really like that campus up there."

Knott is unsure when he'll make a verbal commitment.

"I think I'm just going to go with it and go with the flow," Knott said. "When the time is right, I'll commit."

In the meantime, Knott will continue visiting schools. He'll visit Georgia on March 3 and is in the process of scheduling trips to Auburn and Georgia Tech.

Knott, who was promoted to varsity during his freshman year, became a fulltime starter at offensive tackle as a sophomore. His collegiate position has yet to be determined.

"Coach Kap' says I could play anywhere and the same with Coach [Shawn] Elliott at South Carolina," Knott said. "Really, wherever they decide to put me, I'll play. I'd like to play tackle, but I'll play wherever they want me to play."

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