Massive Md. OT Visits UNC

Brock Ruble has made countless visits to North Carolina as a fan. His visit on Saturday, though was more for "business" purposes.

"When I went [to UNC] with my dad, it was just to have fun," the 2014 prospect said. "This time, I was there more to check out the campus, see if I liked it – it was actually more of a business approach to it to see how I liked the school.

"I loved every second I was on that campus. The weight room was great. All the facilities were wonderful… It was an all-around great experience for me."

Ruble's father is an '88 graduate of UNC and obviously a Tar Heel fan. Ruble is no longer just a son tagging along with his father, but a 6-foot-9, 302-pound junior starting at left tackle for nationally ranked Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha.

Last Friday night, DeMatha was in Durham to play Hillside. The entire team remained in the area the following day to visit UNC and attend its season opener against Elon.

"They played pretty well, winning 62-0," Ruble said. "Me personally, I love the up tempo spread. So I loved the type of offense that they were running – quick spread run plays, quick passes. I really enjoyed watching that offense."

Upon their arrival on campus Saturday morning, DeMatha was escorted around campus by Marcus Berry, UNC's Director of Player Personnel.

"We walked on the field a little bit before the team and everyone showed up," Ruble said. "[Berry] took us to the weight room. He took us to the room they watched film in and they showed us a little video there. He took us down to the Dean Dome and Basketball Hall of Fame, which was pretty cool. And then he brought us back up to the stadium and we were on the field for the warm-ups. When [the team] went back into the tunnel, we took our seats."

Being a part of such a large group, Ruble didn't get a chance to speak to Larry Fedora or any of UNC's assistant coaches during his visit. However, a member of the recruiting support staff made sure to let Ruble know the Tar Heel coaching staff was interested.

"One coach pulled me aside and said I needed to send them a highlight tape," Ruble said. "So my coaches and I are working on that for them."

Although he was on varsity last season, Ruble didn't become a starter until this season. Despite the lack of starting experience, schools like Maryland, Penn State, Temple, and Virginia, in addition to UNC, have expressed interest.

Since he was staying with family friends, Ruble was able to watch the entire football game, while his DeMatha teammates left around halftime.

Besides UNC, Ruble has camped at Maryland and Virginia. The limited campus visits coupled with his lack of scholarship offers have prevented Ruble from establishing any favorite schools. Furthermore, he doesn't anticipate his connections to UNC to factor into his recruitment.

"My dad is a very big fan of Carolina, but there has been no bias set towards Carolina," Ruble said. "And he hasn't talked down on any other schools. He said he's going to respect whatever decision I make."

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