Ga. OL Planning UNC Visit

Josh Cardiello is planning to visit North Carolina this spring.

"We don't have an exact date yet, but I know it's going to be in the next couple of weeks," Cardiello said. "I'm definitely going to come and see practice, it just depends on the way my track schedule works out."

Cardiello, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound offensive lineman from Buford (Ga.), was scheduled to visit UNC this past weekend, but those plans fell through at the last moment.

"We didn't have school on Friday and I was going to try to come up, but it didn't work out because I had a track meet Saturday morning," Cardiello said.

In addition to UNC, Cardiello is working on scheduling trips to Clemson and South Carolina. Thus far, he has been able to visit Auburn, Florida, Florida State, and Georgia.

Cardiello began hearing from UNC in late February.

"They started showing me a little bit of interest and than about a week after, they offered," Cardiello said. "I talk to Coach Kap' [Chris Kapilovic] a lot and Coach [Deke] Adams. I probably talk to Coach Adams the most, because he's my recruiting coordinator. I definitely like what they've told me and I like Coach Kap' a lot, so I'm definitely looking forward to this visit."

Since his sophomore season, Cardiello has started at right tackle for Buford, a national football power that is consistently in contention for the GHSA Class AA Title. On the collegiate level, though, he'll likely move inside.

"[Kapilovic] said either center or guard, whichever one I work best at," Cardiello said. "He told me they're looking to bring in four or five [offensive linemen] and they only have one committed. They want me to get up there as soon as possible so that spots don't fill up."

In total, six schools have offered Cardiello – Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Nebraska, UNC, and South Carolina. He's also receiving a lot of interest from Clemson.

In the last recruiting class, Cardiello's former Buford teammate, Nathan Staub signed with UNC.

"[Staub] has been talking to me about [UNC]," Cardiello said. "He's trying to get me up there. He's telling me how good it is. He's definitely trying to get me on board."

Besides Staub, a lengthy list of Buford alumni have continued their football careers in the Division I-A ranks.

"They all help me out a lot," Cardiello said. "They don't really recruit me. The one that does the most recruiting is Kolton Houston at Georgia, but that's just because he's a mentor to me so we're really close. Other than that, they don't put too much pressure on me."

Speaking of Georgia, the perception is that Cardiello is leaning towards the Bulldogs. While he says that's not the case, he lists UGa among his top three schools, along with Florida and Florida State.

"I'm still open to everyone and I'm still taking my visits," Cardiello said. "With my top three, they're the only schools I've visited, so I feel like I could fit in at all three and I like the coaches at all three. I feel like any one of those three schools is going to be a top notch program in the next three years – that's a big thing. And also the offensive line coach at all three schools I get along with really good."

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