UNC Among Barbour's Favorites

Jaylen Barbour, a 2014 prospect, has established a top three schools listing following his most recent visit to North Carolina on Saturday for the Tar Heels' 27-6 victory over East Carolina.

"I love it there," Barbour said. "They're definitely in my top three. It's a great atmosphere and the coaches are great down there. The crowd was really loud."

Duke and South Carolina round out the remainder of Barbour's list. All three schools have offered the 5-foot-9, 170-pound wide receiver from Monroe (N.C.) a scholarship, plus East Carolina and NC State.

"First of all, South Carolina is ranked and they throw the ball around a lot," Barbour said. "And Duke has recruited my school pretty heavily."

Barbour's teammate Quay Chambers is currently verbally committed to Duke, while former teammate Jamison Crowder is a sophomore wide receiver with the Blue Devils.

"I know [Duke] has shown them love that they'll show me love too," Barbour said.

The UNC-East Carolina game was Barbour's first of the season. It provided him his first true exposure to Larry Fedora's up-tempo, spread offense.

"It's nice that they put the ball in the air," Barbour said. "They have good receivers and they get a lot of them involved."

Prior to heading to the football field to watch pregame warm-ups, Barbour received a tour of UNC's football facilities, including the weight room and meeting rooms.

"It was really nice," Barbour said. "I think they have one of the best facilities in the nation."

Barbour's UNC stay also included meetings with Gunter Brewer, his primary recruiter and UNC's wide receivers coach, and Larry Fedora.

"Both of them just said that they want me in a Carolina uniform," Barbour said.

Saturday's visit was Barbour's second to UNC. He previously attended "Fedora's Freak Show" camp in June. He has also made unofficial trips to Duke, NC State, and South Carolina.

Next up for Barbour is the South Carolina-Georgia game in Columbia on Oct. 6.

After emerging as a playmaker during his sophomore season with 44 catches for 861 yards and 10 touchdowns, a lot was expected out of Barbour for 2012. However, an ankle injury has hampered him. Barbour has missed two games and been limited in most of Monroe's other games this season.

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