'Awesome' Return Visit for Crowley

North Carolina verbal commitment Lucas Crowley returned to Chapel Hill on Saturday for his first game in Kenan Stadium.

"It was awesome," Crowley said. "I loved it. Couldn't ask for a better outcome – that's for sure.

"I got to talk to the coaches before the game to see what they thought about it. And then after the game, I went into the locker room to talk to some players."

Crowley, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound offensive lineman from Ponte Vedra (Fla.) Nease, took his first visit to UNC in late July. Shortly following that visit, he verbally committed to primary recruiter Chris Kapilovic.

After helping Nease win its second game of the season on Friday night, Crowley and his parents caught a flight on Saturday morning and reached UNC a couple hours before kickoff. They remained in North Carolina – staying with family in Cary – until Sunday.

Shortly after arriving on campus, Crowley met briefly with Larry Fedora in his office.

"He was excited for us to be there," Crowley said. "He was excited for us to see how they were going to come out and play."

Crowley then grabbed lunch in the football building where Kapilovic, UNC's offensive line coach, accompanied him.

"He pretty much talked about the same thing as Coach Fedora," Crowley said. "He actually joked about how he didn't want me to come to this game, because it was rainy and he wanted us to see it when it was sunny. But he said they were glad I came."

Crowley was impressed by what he saw from UNC on the field during its record-breaking 66-0 victory.

"I liked the way they do everything," Crowley said. "They do everything fast, no huddle, on the ball quick – I liked it."

Crowley plans to return to UNC for the NC State game on Oct. 27. He says there's a good chance he attends a third yet-to-be-determined UNC home game.

Crowley started at left tackle for Nease during his sophomore and junior seasons. However, he was moved to center this past spring and has exclusively played the position this fall. Although Nease's 2012 season has been rocky thus far, Crowley's transition to center has been smooth.

"I haven't had any bad snaps or anything like that," Crowley said. "I like the center position a lot."

The UNC coaching staff projects Crowley to remain at center during his collegiate career.

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