UNC Offers Ga. DE

Mikey Bart is your prime example of a prospect that has benefited from the Evaluation Period.

"A UNC coach called my head coach, Coach [Jess] Simpson, and he called my dad to tell me to call [Deke Adams]," Bart said. "I talked to [Larry Fedora] and I talked to Coach Adams. They offered me a scholarship and talked to me about getting me up for a visit, mainly. They wanted to see what time during the summer I could come up. I haven't really talked about [the visit] with my parents or my head coach yet, but I'll talk to them to get it set up."

UNC joins Central Florida, Cincinnati, Georgia State, South Florida, Southern Miss, and Syracuse in offering Bart.

Bart has played defensive end and tight end for Buford (Ga.). While most schools are recruiting him for tight end, UNC projects him as a defensive end.

"I like defense better," Bart said. "But since a lot of schools have been recruiting me for tight end I've been focusing on tight end. [The position I'm being recruited for] probably won't affect my college decision – it's just wherever I fit in best at."

The most surprisingly aspect of Bart's story is that he hasn't technically started a game for Buford, a national football power that has won four of the past five GHSA AA State Championships. Last year, Bart backed up Alabama signee Kurt Freitag on both offense and defense.

"I pretty much started on offense, because we play a lot of two-tight end sets so I played a ton on offense," Bart said. "And then I played a lot on defense, too, because Kurt would get tired really easy."

The relatively late start to his recruitment hasn't prevented Bart from developing a few favorite schools.

"South Florida is actually recruiting me the hardest so far, so I like them, even though I haven't visited," Bart said. "I like Florida State a lot. I like Georgia Tech a lot, too. But neither of them have offered. I like North Carolina a lot even before they offered. Now that [UNC] has offered, I like them a lot more."

The lack of a campus visit has contributed to Bart's limited knowledge of UNC.

"I know it's one of the best public schools in American," Bart said. "I know it's not that far away from Buford."

UNC signed Bart's former teammate, Nathan Staub, in this past recruiting class.

"It doesn't really affect things really," Bart said. "He and I are good friends, but it's not like we hang out every weekend. It's good that they signed him, but it's not like since they signed him, I should commit there."

Bart has made recruiting trips to Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Mississippi State. He said he'll return to Mississippi State on Sunday for a camp and also Georgia Tech sometime this summer.

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