Drennon Takes in First UNC Game

North Carolina verbal commitment Dajaun Drennon returned to Chapel Hill a week ago for UNC's win over Virginia Tech. It was the first time the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder had been in Kenan Stadium for a live game.

"I loved it," Drennon said. "It was a good crowd. It was a pretty big feat to beat Virginia Tech at home, because it was the first time beating them at home in quite awhile.

"I loved the weather for the game. It was early October, and I'm used to it being cold outside, but it was a nice day outside.

"The fans seemed like they were really into the game. The team was into the game. And you could look at the sideline and see the coaches and see that they're really into it and really wanted to win."

After helping Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek to a victory the night before, Drennon and his teammates Justice Davila, Adonis Jennings, Greg Webb, and several of their family members made the trek to Chapel Hill, arriving a couple hours before the 12:30 kickoff.

According to Drennon, UNC projects him for the Bandit position in its 4-2-5 defense. He was able to focus on the position throughout the game.

"I've looked at the Bandit position a lot – not just at the game, but also with my visits with Coach [Deke] Adams, he showed me film," Drennon said. "At my school now, I play the Bandit position. So I'll fit right in. I'll already know what to do and what are my responsibilities. So I feel like I should be a great fit."

Following the game, the Timber Creek crew spent time with several current Tar Heels, namely defensive linemen Kareem Martin and Sylvester Williams.

"They treated me like a brother – like I was already a part of the team," Drennon said. "[Martin and Williams] are good guys and they're all about football – that's all they would talk about, like the game. That's how I like to live – they don't just play it just to play it, they actually live football. They are really good guys and they introduced us to people. So when we do get to campus, Greg and I, it's not like we're loners or anything. We'll already know not just the football team, but people throughout the town and people at the school already."

Drennon and Webb weren't the only UNC commitments on campus for the game. Drennon mingled with several of them during a pregame lunch and throughout the visit.

"I already met [Ryan] Switzer, but I got to meet new guys like Korrin [Wiggins]," Drennon said. "I don't feel like an outsider. I feel like they know our situation – since we're so far away we're not able to make it up there too often. I feel like it's important to build those relationships, because it's our class and we're going to go through a lot together."

Outside of quick conversations, Drennon wasn't able to spend much time with UNC's coaching staff. However, he does have weekly conversations with Dave Duggan, his area recruiter, on Tuesdays. During those phone calls, Duggan often puts Adams or Larry Fedora on the phone, also.

"Basically, they're just asking me how my game was and just asking me how my grades are looking," Drennon said. "It's just regular talk – nothing too deep."

Drennon was hoping to make it back to Chapel Hill for the Tar Heels' next home game on Oct. 27 against NC State, but those plans look like they are going to fall apart. Instead, he's eyeing the UNC-Georgia Tech game two weeks later.

Drennon's senior football season didn't begin as he had hoped. After dropping the opener to Cherry Hill (N.J.) Camden Catholic, Drennon was involved in a car accident the morning of the season's second game forcing him to miss that and the following contest.

"(My car) got hit coming out of my development," Drennon said. "I had to miss two games, because I had to get 11 stitches in my head. It was nothing – it was a little scratch. I obviously thought that I could have played, but the stitches in my head conflicted with my helmet."

Timber Creek, which is the reigning NJSSIAA South Group 3 Champions, won the games Drennon missed, lost his first game back, and has won the last two games.

"We lost two tough ones to higher division teams, but we've bounced back," Drennon said. "I feel like if we play hard, we should win out. I feel like we can go all the way. We only lost three or four [starters] from last year, so we're a lot older and a lot more mature. So I think we should be able to repeat."

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