Recruit Reaction, Part II: Game Day

For its season opener, North Carolina introduced several new additions to the game day atmosphere. Some of the UNC verbal commitments that were in attendance shared their thoughts on their Kenan Stadium experience.

Jordan Fieulleteau

"I liked the fact that Coach [Larry] Fedora called us into his office before the game and he talked about the game and how he's excited to have us up there next year. It got us really hyped for the game.

"It was so much just a different atmosphere than when Coach [Butch] Davis and Coach [Everett] Withers were there. They weren't as energetic and they weren't as good playing to the recruits and players."

Khris Francis

"I thought it was neat, especially the (players) jumping into the crowd – I wish we could do that. That was a spark for the crowd, I guess. It kept them in touch with the fans. Of course it was in the student section, so I bet that was a lot of fun for them."

Nazair Jones

"I love all that. I felt like they were more into the crowd and were using the home field advantage. I loved it. That's just showing school spirit with how they were jumping into the crowd.

"The did (the fight song) right after the game after Coach Fedora talked to them and I loved it. It was something like ‘I'm a Tar Heel born. I'm a Tar Heel bred. When I die, I'll be a Tar Heel dead.'"

Desmond Lawrence

"It made the atmosphere and the stadium more exciting. Everything that they did, the crowd was just electrified. I'm pretty sure the players feed off that. It was fun to just be in the stands and watch it."

R.J. Prince

"That's one of the main reasons I committed. Along with academics, UNC is all about excitement. The players looked really excited and alive going through drills. had some tunes bumping in the stadium throughout warm-ups, them jumping into the stands had me off the wall. The fireworks worked to perfection. The entrance and introductions are – in my mind – as good as Clemson's or any other team in the NCAA… It's just something that got me excited and thankful to be a Tar Heel… This is just the best atmosphere to play football in and spend your college years at.

"The Fedora Era is off and rolling, and I can't wait for the 22nd to get back up there."

Brian Walker

"I was actually surprised. I actually didn't know that's how things were, because that was actually the first game I've attended. I like the whole intro with the team coming out through the smoke."


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