Electrifying Visit for Dinkins

To say North Carolina's thrilling 43-35 victory over in-state rival NC State on Saturday left an impression on 2014 verbal commitment Robert Dinkins would be an understatement.

"I could try to put it into words, but I don't know if I can," Dinkins said. "It was definitely electrifying. That was my first Carolina game. I couldn't believe it. Everything from just the game to the atmosphere to watching the players come into the locker room – everything was crazy. I loved it. I for sure want to be there."

Dinkins, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound defensive end from Charlotte (N.C.) Olympic, has been verbally committed since mid-June. However, he continued to express an interest in other schools.

Saturday's game, however, has completely sealed the deal for Dinkins.

"I'm pretty sure there will be a lot of offers that will come in, but [UNC] is definitely where I want to be," Dinkins said. "After that game, I'm a solid commitment."

That means Dinkins is finished visiting any other schools.

"I'm 100-percent," Dinkins said. "After that game, I don't need to see anything else. I don't know if any school could top that."

Dinkins grew up idolizing Daquan Bowers, which by default made him a Clemson fan. Saturday's game, though, has completed Dinkins' transformation to a UNC fan.

"I'm Tar Heels all the way," Dinkins said.

Dinkins's older brother was in town from Arizona. He and their father joined Dinkins in Chapel Hill on Saturday.

Before the game, Dinkins spoke briefly with Gunter Brewer, his primary recruiter, and Larry Fedora. However, Dinkins spent the most time with an academic advisor going over his academic plan.

Dinkins also spent significant time with fellow visiting recruits, most notably Elijah Hood, whom Dinkins opposed Friday night in the Olympic-Charlotte Catholic game. It was in that game Friday night where Dinkins made his first pro-UNC pitch to Hood. Their conversation continued into Saturday.

"I actually got a picture with him in the locker room holding the helmet," Dinkins said. "I'm hoping we can get him down here – him and Marquez [North] both. I'm hoping he saw the same thing that I saw and feels the same way."

And as for Gio Bernard's 74-yard game-winning punt return touchdown with mere seconds remaining?

"When he fielded that punt, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up," Dinkins said. "When I saw him break to the outside, I stood up. I was there as a recruit, so I kind of wanted to keep my composure and not really go too crazy. But I lost my mind. My dad and I were yelling – we went crazy."

Dinkins will attempt to return to UNC with his mother for the Tar Heels' season finale against Maryland.

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