Ohio QB Planning UNC Visit

For the second consecutive year, North Carolina will attempt to pluck a quarterback from the Buckeye State. Earlier in the month, UNC offered DeShone Kizer, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound junior quarterback from Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic.

In December, Blake Anderson, UNC's quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, visited Central Catholic where he watched Kizer's basketball practice followed by a brief passing workout. Later that night, Kizer phoned Anderson.

"Pretty much, he was expressing interest in me," Kizer said. "He let me know that I'm definitely one of their top guys. He wanted me to give him a call later the next week after he got a chance to talk to the head coach."

On Signing Day, Kizer called Anderson back.

"He was right next to the head coach and they decided to offer," Kizer said.

Kizer says he's "very interested" in UNC.

"I'm a big guy when it comes to education and as most people say ‘North Carolina is the Stanford of the east coast,'" Kizer said. "That right there puts them on top of a lot of other schools that have offered and have shown interest.

"And what they've been doing with their offense is ridiculous – having one of the top eight offenses in the nation. It's been great to do research on them."

Over 20 schools have offered Kizer. Among those that have offered, Kizer says he's looking closest to a group consisting of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Nebraska, UNC, Penn State, Rutgers, and Tennessee.

"I'm going to be spending my time seeing as many schools as I can within this next month to two months and early spring time," Kizer said. "And hopefully from that, I'll be able to see as many different schools and meet as many different coaching staffs as I can. From there, I can start narrowing down my list to two or three. And then hopefully, I can make a decision before spring time ends."

In late March, Kizer's baseball team is playing in a tournament in Florida. He plans to hit the road beforehand and make visits to Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, and UNC. If his basketball season ends prematurely, Kizer could move his UNC visit up sooner for a Tar Heel basketball game.

"I have three things that I look for on a general basis when I go on visits," Kizer said. "First are academics. My family and I are big on academics here. I try to hold my GPA up as high as I can.

"From there, it's the coaching staff and how I feel around the guys. I don't want to go to a place where I'm going to be homesick within the first month of being there. I want to be with guys that understand me and I understand them. I want to build those relationships before I even get down to campus.

"And then lastly, as much as I don't want to talk about the next step, I do want to go to a program that fits me and my style and is going to make me the best. I want a quarterback coach and an offensive coordinator and a head coach that will prepare me for the next step and maybe play professional ball one day. So I want to go to an offense that I fit in."

What won't factor into Kizer's collegiate decision is the schools' quarterback depth chart – specifically the fact that UNC signed Ohio's Mr. Football, Mitch Trubisky, last class.

"Even though Mitch is going to have his time to shine, I know that whatever school I choose I'm going to have a guy in front of me and a guy behind me," Kizer said. "So I'm not going to base my decision off of who is on the roster."

Kizer has already visited Bowling Green, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Toledo.

Last season, Kizer led Central Catholic to the OHSAA Division II Championship. On the season, he threw for 1,625 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 425 yards and eight touchdowns.

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