UNC Moves Up Stewart's List

Marvin "M.J." Stewart, a 2014 prospect, made his first visit to Chapel Hill on Saturday for the North Carolina-Maryland football game.

"I liked the atmosphere down there," Stewart said. "Coach [Walt] Bell told me it was kind of weak because it was Maryland and Thanksgiving. I could assume that if they played anybody else like Duke or NC State there would be a lot more people there. But the atmosphere was great.

"I liked how hyped the team was before the game. The coaches were really into it and everything."

UNC is one of four FBS schools to have offered Stewart, a 6-foot, 175-pound athlete from Arlington (Va.) Yorktown, a scholarship. Maryland, Virginia, and Wake Forest are the other three schools to have offered.

"I'm still kind of open-minded right now," Stewart said. "I still have to talk to my dad.

"North Carolina definitely moved up in my mind. It's not that they were down initially, but I got a better feel for the campus and the football and the team and the atmosphere. And I really liked it."

Stewart also received a clearer picture on what position UNC is recruiting him for.

"Coach Bell said the secondary coach gave me a thumbs up, the running back coach gave me a thumbs up, and the receivers coach gave me a thumbs up," Stewart said. "They said I could play whatever. It is kind of up to me a little bit."

Stewart played cornerback, safety, wide receiver, and running back for Yorktown, which went 12-1 losing it's only game in the third round of the VHSL 5A playoffs.

UNC's 45-38 victory on Saturday gave Stewart the perfect platform to evaluate all the positions he could potentially play at UNC.

"I was looking at all the positions I could play, but I liked that they have a good young secondary," Stewart said. "I think there's a good chance I'll play in the secondary, so that was good in my mind."

Furthermore, Bell introduced Stewart to Dan Disch, UNC's defensive coordinator and secondary coach.

"He said he reviewed my film and he said he'd like to have me play defensive back for him," Stewart said. "Him and the rest of the coaches are very energetic, they're very lively, they're very passionate about the game – that's something I'm looking for in a coaching staff."

Stewart also met briefly with Larry Fedora before the game's kickoff.

"He was just glad to have me down, glad to see me, glad to talk to me person-to-person," Stewart said. "He was talking stuff about UNC like the atmosphere and where they're going with their program – they're building still."

Also prior to kickoff, Stewart received a quick tour of UNC's football facilities.

"I saw the weight room, saw where the players go all the time, and we got to go out the tunnel," Stewart said. "I didn't get to see much. I'm going come back sometime in the spring so I can get a real tour of the campus."

Besides UNC, Stewart has visited Maryland, Ohio State, and Virginia this fall. He doesn't expect to make any additional recruiting trips until the spring.

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