McSorley Returns to the Hill

Trace McSorley capped off a four-school spring break tour with a trip to North Carolina on Wednesday.

"North Carolina is a great school," McSorley said. "I got to sit down and talk to the coaches a little bit more about my recruitment as far as my position and how they see things possibly playing out. Coach [Walt] Bell counted off about nine positions he could see me coming and making an impact on the team. Having that versatility on both offense and defense is a leg up for me, because it's that much of an opportunity for me to get on the field."

McSorley stars at quarterback for Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods, but also plays safety. UNC has offered the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder as a safety/athlete but will send Blake Anderson, its quarterback coach, to his school in April to watch him throw to determine if the Tar Heels need to shift their projected position.

If UNC alters its philosophy and recruits him as a quarterback, McSorley says it will improve the Tar Heels chances with him.

"I really like everything that is going on there," McSorley said. "It's a great school. It's always been a school that I've been interested in."

Several schools are in a similar situation as UNC – namely Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. Before anointing favorite schools, McSorley wants to see which programs will give him the best chance to play quarterback.

With quarterback being his preferred position, McSorley sat in on a QB meeting conducted by Anderson.

"I like how he chills with the guys, but is a coach at the same time" McSorley said. "He does a good job correcting them when they needed to be corrected. He let them know what they were doing wrong, but at the same time gave them credit where credit was due."

Previously, McSorley attended UNC's January junior day, which included an abbreviated campus tour – leaving him craving a more in-depth look at the campus. That was fulfilled on Wednesday with a more thorough tour.

"We went to the business school – that's one thing I'm thinking about studying," McSorley said. "I really liked where their business school is at and their campus in general is all around the same area – it's pretty close. It's not a spread out campus."

That afternoon, McSorley watched UNC's seventh practice of the spring. He spent time observing the safety group, which is coached by Vic Koenning, but focused mostly on the quarterbacks.

"I liked it," McSorley said. "It was an up-tempo fast pace practice. They had the music going, so they had a good atmosphere going."

Before leaving campus, McSorley and his parents met with Larry Fedora for about 20-30 minutes in his office.

"He answered any questions my parents had for him," McSorley said. "He talked to us about what he sees his responsibilities as head coach being, what he wants to see out of his players when they're there, how he wants to build his players up, and build the program."

McSorley began his spring break travels at Vanderbilt on Saturday. He followed that with Wake Forest on Monday and NC State on Tuesday.

McSorley's next recruiting trip will be Boston College on April 9.

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