Dinkins Set On Carolina

Since verbally committing to North Carolina in June, Robert Dinkins has been aiming to return to Chapel Hill with his parents to receive an in-depth look at the program. The 2014 pledge did just that late last week.

"Definitely, for me, this visit strengthened [my commitment] more than anything," Dinkins said. "As far as the whole ‘Looking around' thing, I have my mind set on Carolina. That's where I want to go. [This visit] just made my commitment that much more stronger."

When he attended UNC's "Fedora's Freak Show" – his only other visit to the campus – Dinkins received a brief and limited look at UNC. Thus, as soon as the 6-foot-2, 225-pound defensive end from Charlotte (N.C.) Olympic stepped foot on campus on Friday, Marcus Berry, UNC's Director of Player Personnel, provided a detailed tour.

"He showed us all the classrooms and buildings and stuff like that," Dinkins said. "We went to the basketball stadium. He took us to the Law School. We took a walk inside the Business School [and] saw what all the classrooms were like. We looked at the academic hall and the entire [Kenan] Stadium, the football building – we pretty much did the whole campus.

"The big thing that stood out to me was the academic hall. The fact that they had all those resources for athletes and checked up on them, that's what stood out to me."

Dinkins's stay concluded with a meeting with Larry Fedora.

"Basically, he talked to me about the main things that North Carolina was focused on," Dinkins said. "He was saying that he likes the fact that I'm coming for football, but he really cares about my education and me growing spiritually as a man."

The visit was Dinkins's mother's first visit to UNC. His father, who is a Tar Heel fan, has attended games at UNC, but hadn't previously seen the academic side of the school.

"The big thing with them is definitely my academics," Dinkins said. "But for them to get reassurance that that place is going to look out for me when I got there was important.

"And the fact that they got to talk to Fedora themselves and actually see how he felt about my commitment, it played a big part.

"[My parents] are big on my commitment themselves. They back me up 100-percent."

Originally, Dinkins was hoping to attend UNC's season-opening win against Elon on Saturday. However, a trip Friday worked better with Dinkins's father's schedule.

"I'm definitely coming back for a game," Dinkins said. "There's no doubt about that."

Dinkins and his father have the UNC-Virginia Tech game circled on their calendar.

"I'm definitely going to try to go to other games, because I'm definitely psyched about going," Dinkins said. "I'm going to try to get down there as much as I can."

Dinkins said he doesn't have any plans to visit any other school, including his childhood favorite Clemson, who offered him a scholarship about a month ago.

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