Opara, a 6-foot-4, 269-pound defensive tackle from Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin, has been verbally committed to Maryland since July.
"I'm still committed to Maryland, but when I committed Maryland was one of the only schools to offer me so I want to see what everybody else has to offer," Opara said. "I'm still committed, but I want to check out those two schools that have offered me."
Besides UNC, Opara reports that NC State also recently offered him. Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Louisville, and Mississippi have expressed renewed interest.
Opara is looking to officially visit the three schools that have offered – Maryland, UNC, and NC State. He has scheduled his Maryland official trip for the weekend of Dec. 7 and is looking at the following weekend for his NC State official visit.
"I haven't talked about dates with Coach Disch – we just talked about the offer," Opara said.
During the spring, Disch, who has strong ties to the Jacksonville area, made an evaluation visit to Mandarin to check out Opara. But when Opara committed to Maryland, Disch ceased his pursuit of Opara. Prior to Friday's phone call, Disch messaged Opara on Facebook.
"[Disch] said he heard from some people that I had a great season," Opara said. "After hearing about that, he watched my [senior] film and showed it to the D-line coach, so they felt like they needed to offer."
Opara was one of the few bright spots on a Mandarin team that managed just three wins. He recorded 42 tackles, including 11 for a loss and nine sacks, forced three fumbles, and batted two passes.
Meanwhile, UNC entered the market for a defensive tackle when Reed de-committed on Tuesday night.
"[Disch] said they had a defensive lineman who was committed but because he had some problems with the academic requirements he de-committed," Opara said.
Opara has never visited UNC, but is familiar with the general area. His sister graduated from Duke.
UNC has secured verbal commitments from two other recruits in the Jacksonville area – Lucas Crowley and Marquis Haynes. Opara has met both Crowley and Haynes previously, but isn't close to either.
"I'm more familiar with Marquis but the last time I talked to him he was committed to Louisville," Opara said.