Accompanied by his parents, Crowley, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound center from Ponte Vedra (Fla.) Nease, arrived in Chapel Hill on Friday evening and concluded his stay Sunday afternoon.
"Well, we ate a lot," Crowley said. "They took us on a tour of the academic facility that I'm interested in – I haven't decided yet but I'm interested in Exercise and Sports Science. They took me there to meet the director there and to sit down with a couple of the players that are interested in it. And then we got more extensive tours of the facilities. Other than that I got to hang out with the players."
Throughout the visit, Crowley was able to observe just how close the offensive line unit is.
"Coach Kap and Coach [Larry] Fedora told me that they're a real special group and that they are really the tightest group on the team," Crowley said. "I kind of figured that out while I was there, because everything we did the rest of the O-linemen were there.
"It was nice to get to know them and hang out with them a little bit and see how close they really are."
Most official visitors meet their player hosts for the first time on the visit or may have only met their host a couple of times previously. However, Crowley and his player host, Jon Heck, have a long history.
"I went to middle school with Jon and we did weightlifting competitions against each other," Crowley said. "And then when I started looking at UNC again, I knew he was going there, so I called him and talked to him about it. I asked him what he thought of it and how he thought everything was."
Crowley's familiarity with Heck, who is also an offensive lineman from the Jacksonville area, only improved his official visit experience.
"It helped a lot, because through him I could meet the other players," Crowley said. "Instead of getting to know him – I already knew him – so I had more time to get to know the other players.
"Plus, he knew what I was into. I talked to him so many times before, so I didn't have to explain to him what I was into. He could just show me around the place and I was already comfortable with dealing with him."
Any loose ends Crowley or his parents had were tied up during an exit meeting with Larry Fedora.
"He was just making sure we didn't have any extra questions," Crowley said. "We talked about what's to come and how he sees the program playing out with our class. We talked about how they really needed me to be there, because they were running low depth chart-wise on O-linemen.
"We've had a chance to sit down with him a few times before, so it wasn't anything really new."