Four-Star OL Prepares for UNC Official

North Carolina assistant coach Deke Adams visited Atlanta (Ga.) Carver High School on Monday to finalize official visit plans with Delando Crooks, a four-star offensive lineman.

"We've been talking to Coach [Deke] Adams for a while about coming up for a visit," Crooks' uncle, Troy Vaccina said. "We were actually supposed to make the official visit last week, but it was Thanksgiving weekend and it was kind of hectic. So we put it off until the 7th [of December]. "

Crooks, who has already made an official trip to Purdue, is now working on official visit plans to Stanford and Vanderbilt. The Vanderbilt official visit will likely take place the weekend of Jan. 18.

"There are other schools he's considering," Vaccina said. "We just have to do our research and work on schedules."

Crooks has already done plenty of research on UNC.

"He wants to major in either engineering or business, and through our research found out that North Carolina is one of the better business schools in the country," Vaccina said.

Crooks will use his UNC official visit to continue his research of the school.

"He wants to learn about North Carolina's atmosphere," Vaccina said. "Will it be a comfortable atmosphere? You know, when you walk somewhere you feel that comfort zone.

"He's going to be looking into academics. He's going to be graduating high school with 24 hours [of college] credits. So he wants to make sure those hours are transferrable, because he'll be finished with his first and second year of math and some other classes so he wants to make sure those classes transfer."

In addition to discussing official visit plans, Adams stressed UNC's interest in Crooks during Monday's visit.

"He told us that Delando is No. 1 on their board and has always been No. 1 on their board," Vaccina said. "Delando is a priority, so they just want to get us on campus so we can see what the atmosphere is like. We've been speaking since the spring."

Crooks would like to make his collegiate decision as soon as possible.

"We spoke on it and we really don't want to wait until Signing Day," Vaccina said. "During the season, we really didn't get to visit anywhere, because basically we were focused on the season and we had a lot of Saturday games. We're in the process now until probably mid-January to figure out where we're at. We don't want to stretch it out. When the time is right and when the feeling is right, we're going to make a commitment. In my family, a commitment is a commitment."

With Crooks, a Jamaican native, anchoring the offensive line at left tackle, Carver posted a 9-2 record this past season. The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder led the team in pancake blocks with 44 while blocking for an offense that averaged 272 yards rushing and 117 yards passing.

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