Accompanied by his uncle, Trubisky, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback from Mentor (Ohio), made the eight-hour trek to Chapel Hill early Saturday morning. The two spent Saturday night walking Franklin Street and then headed home Sunday morning.
Upon his arrival, the aspect that immediately caught Trubisky's attention was UNC's game day atmosphere.
"I don't know what they've done in previous years but whoever's idea it was – maybe Coach Fedora is bringing in some new philosophies – but I thought the game day atmosphere was awesome," Trubisky said. "The more you get the university involved and the fans into it, it's just a bonus for the university. I could tell all the players loved it. It's a great college football experience. That's what you want to see and play in as a player and a recruit. It was an impressive environment."
The drawback to visiting for a game is the lack of time spent with UNC's coaching staff.
"We said ‘Hi' and we talked a little bit before the game and a little bit after, but nothing too much," Trubisky said. "It was mostly small talk. It was good to see them."
With the coaching staff focused on the football game, Trubisky spent most of his time with fellow UNC verbal commitments, particularly Jordan Fieulleteau, a wide receiver to whom Trubisky has already developed a bond.
"I think with our personalities, it was just easy for us to become friends quickly," Trubisky said. "That's just going to help once we get on the field together. I know we're both looking forward to it."
Outside of Fieulleteau, the pledge Trubisky spoke to the most was another offensive skill player – Ryan Switzer.
"Every time we've seen each other, we just hung out like friends," Trubisky said. "I know we're both looking forward to playing with each other. We're both looking forward to getting down to North Carolina.
"I just think this class we're really getting along and developing good chemistry. That will only help us down the road when we get on the field."
Trubisky will be back in Chapel Hill for the NC State game on Oct. 27. Besides getting to see one of the Tar Heels' biggest rivalry games, Trubisky is excited to bring his parents to UNC for the first time.
"It will be my fourth time going there, so I'll know my way around really well," Trubisky said. "I can't wait to show it off to my parents. I can't wait to show them everything that I like about North Carolina. I know they're going to love it."
Nowadays, Trubisky's main focus is his senior football season. Thus far, he has led Mentor to a 6-1 record while completing 63.9 percent of his passes for 1,793 yards, 23 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He has also rushed for 346 yards and six scores on 79 carries.