UNC Impresses Ga. DE

2014 prospect Dante Sawyer received his first true exposure to North Carolina during Saturday's visit to the school.

"I really like the campus – it's really beautiful," Sawyer said. "I like the defense – I like the 4-2-5 that they put in. I could see me getting on the field as a freshman, if I were to go there."

Sawyer, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end, was among a group of players from Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett – including Nate Brown, Donnie Miles, DeVondre Seymour, and Jaye Stackhouse – that made the trek to Chapel Hill following their regular season-ending victory over cross-town rival Peachtree Ridge on Friday night.

"Going there with all my friends just made the visit even better," Sawyer said.

In particular, Miles, who's verbally committed to UNC, is credited with aiding Sawyer's experience because of his familiarity with the campus and its surroundings.

Since he committed to UNC in March, Miles has been recruiting Sawyer for UNC.

"[Miles] just tells us every day ‘You know you want to come to UNC with me,'" Sawyer said. "He always tries to get me and Devondre [Seymour] up there."

Sawyer revealed that Miles is having success with his recruiting efforts.

UNC is among the two schools that have offered Sawyer a scholarship – Ohio State is the other – while several other schools within the region have expressed significant interest.

Although Sawyer is reluctant to name favorite schools, UNC improved its chances on the heels of Saturday's visit.

"It puts them at a very high level of where I want to be at," Sawyer said.

Following the game, Sawyer, his teammates, and players from Atlanta (Ga.) Pius X hung out with Deke Adams, who recruits the area for UNC.

"We didn't talk about anything specifically," Sawyer said. "We just talked about random stuff."

More importantly, Sawyer was able to get a general feel for Adams' personality, which is key since he also coaches UNC's defensive line.

"He's a real cool guy," Sawyer said. "He's a real laidback guy. He's going to put me in a place where I want to go, which is the NFL, if I choose to go to North Carolina."

After leaving the football offices, Miles took Sawyer and the rest of the North Gwinnett group to Franklin Street.

In addition to UNC, Sawyer has also visited Alabama and Georgia. He doesn't have any additional recruiting trips scheduled as his focus shifts solely to North Gwinnett's pursuit of a GHSA 6A title.

"Honestly, we could go all the way if we put our minds to it," Sawyer said. "I'm not just saying that because it's my team – we could really go somewhere."

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