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North Carolina received a visit from Da'Shawn Hand, one of the top – if not the top – 2014 recruits, on Monday.

"It was great," Hand said. "Nice people, nice campus, great facilities – it was just a great place."

Hand, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end from Woodbridge (Va.), was on campus from Monday morning until the evening – or as he puts it "a long, long time."

Despite his enjoyment with the visit, Hand, who is wide open, didn't want to reveal where UNC stood in his mind just yet.

"I'm not going to be narrowing down my list until after my junior season," Hand said. "I don't know what I'll narrow it down to – it just depends on how I feel. I'm going to sit down with my people and I'm going to see how I feel about each school."

Hand, who has visited Virginia and Virginia Tech in addition to UNC, has trips scheduled to Alabama on July 14 and Ohio State on July 27.

With the UNC visit, the attribute that stood out the most was the Tar Heels coaching staff.

"I like all the coaches," Hand said. "All the coaches, they had a good sense of humor and just were good people."

Hand spent the most time with Walt Bell, who is recruiting him for UNC, and Deke Adams, UNC's defensive line coach.

"Through the whole time they were real cool and laid back," Hand said of Bell and Adams. "There was no pressure or anything."

Bell personally gave Hand a full tour of UNC, including Kenan Stadium, the Loudermilk Center for Excellence, the Smith Center, student dorms, and academic buildings.

"Everything was cool," Hand said. "It was nice, very nice facilities, [and] they're going to build a new nutrition center."

Hand's stay also included a one-on-one meeting with Larry Fedora in his office for about 30 minutes.

"He just talked to me about the school and what they expect and what I should expect if I came there," Hand said. "We just had a nice conversation. He talked about the goals that he has for North Carolina."

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