Recruit Reaction, Part I: Schemes

Seven UNC verbal commitments were on hand for Carolina's season opening blowout of Elon on Saturday. A handful of them shared their impressions of UNC's no-huddle, one-back spread offense and 4-2-5 defense.

Jordan Fieulleteau:

"I thought they distributed the ball really well. That's really appealing to a receiver, because they want to know everybody is going to get the ball. And the defense doesn't know who's going to get the ball next and they're on their heels the whole game, which plays into our advantage.

"I thought the running game was great, which helped the play-action pass. Of course the quarterback play was really good, too."

Khris Francis:

"I think the running backs were very successful with what they were trying to do. I think Gio [Bernard] had a phenomenal game and I didn't even expect him to play as much as he did considering the takeoff they had. I didn't see as much of Romar [Morris], because I left at halftime, but I heard he did just as well."

Nazair Jones:

"I thought they played real disciplined and a physical game. They dominated most of the time. I can't wait to be a part of that unit."

Desmond Lawrence:

"There was a new vibe and excitement at the game. The defensive players had a lot more fun when they were making plays. The defense seemed to confuse Elon, because they could line up in so many different formations. They didn't know who's coming or who's dropping. It looks like it's going to be a fun defense to play in."

R.J. Prince:

"I think that they set the tone real well for this season. The offense had real nice flow to it [and] the defense was on point. It sent a statement to other teams that UNC is dangerous this year – even if they only shutout a team the caliber of Elon.

"I was excited along with my fellow commits to come out for the first game of the season and show my Tar Heel Pride."

Brian Walker

"I saw a lot in how their secondary played – such as the coverages they dropped into. They play at a real fast pace. [The defense] was so used to how Carolina's offense is that when they played Elon it was a lot slower pace.

"I could see myself in it, particularly in the coverages they were using."

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