Bart Favoring UNC

Following Friday's visit to North Carolina, Mikey Bart now claims a leader.

"North Carolina is leading," Bart said. "It's just their academics – I'm really interested in that. Every other school that has offered me doesn't really have what North Carolina has."

Bart, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end from Buford (Ga.), says he has no idea when he'll make a verbal commitment.

"It would probably be something I'll do during the season or after," Bart said. "I probably won't commit during the summer."

Just behind UNC is Florida State, Georgia Tech, and South Florida. Except for USF, Bart has visited each of his favorite schools. USF remains on his list because the Bulls' coaching staff is recruiting him the hardest. Central Florida, UNC, USF, and Syracuse have offered Bart.

Since the Tar Heels offered in early June, Bart has conversed with Nathan Staub, his former teammate who is about to enroll in summer classes at UNC.

"I talked to him for a couple minutes the other day on the phone," Bart said. "He told me if I have any questions about North Carolina to call him. He didn't really try to sell me or anything – he just wanted to be there if I have any questions."

The UNC visit was an eye-opening experience for Bart and his father, who accompanied him.

"Before I went there, I didn't know they had that nice of a campus," Bart said. "And I didn't really know that much about their academics. When I went there, I found out that they are top five every year among public schools. That's what really stood out the most to me really."

Bart and his father spent four to five hours in Chapel Hill. The stay began with a campus tour.

"Everything was really nice," Bart said. "Their business school really stood out. I want to get a degree in business management so it was good to see that. My dad just told me this was really impressive."

The remainder of the stay was spent on the practice fields watching UNC's camp.

"I was just there watching, me and my dad," Bart said. "We were just observing the D-line drills. We just watched to see how Coach [Deke] Adams coached and we were impressed.

"[Adams] had a lot of knowledge about the D-line – I could just tell by the drills he was doing. We do a lot of drills at Buford and we're coached really well, but we don't do anything like Coach Adams does. He looked like he had some drills that would really help."

Following the camp, Bart had a brief conversation with Larry Fedora.

"[Fedora] just asked if I liked the campus and he said he was happy that I was there visiting," Bart said.

Bart did speak at length with Adams.

"He talked to us about the school for a little while," Bart said. "And then he talked about committing. He told me he didn't want me to commit on campus – he wanted me to go home and think about it, because he didn't want me to rush into something."

Bart says he didn't consider committing on the visit.

"I liked it a lot, but I really have got to look at other schools," Bart said. "I want to see what schools are going to offer me and see what schools emerge and take it from there. I don't want to rush into anything."

The next stop on Bart's recruiting calendar is Georgia Tech's camp on July 14.

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