Fritts Leaves UNC With Offer, Leader

Brandon Fritts's weekend in Chapel Hill couldn't have gone much better.

"The visit went great," Fritts said. "The campus was awesome, I got to talk to all the coaches, and I left with an offer. So it was a successful trip."

Fritts, a 6-foot-4, 210-pounder from Mentor (Ohio), has also collected offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Minnesota, Ohio, and Toledo.

"I think North Carolina is probably my No. 1 right now," Fritts said. "It was really the first school I got to visit. I really liked it. It's definitely one of my favorites."

Besides the aforementioned reasons, Fritt's former quarterback and close friend, Mitch Trubisky, is suiting up for the Tar Heels.

"I think that will play a little role," Fritts said. "Mitch and I have been playing together for so long. And we have great chemistry, so that's always good to have a great relationship with the quarterback.

"When we talk, we just talk. He really likes North Carolina and obviously he would love to have me down there. But he's not trying to tell me to commit. He's not trying to persuade me, but I can just tell he loves it."

For Mentor, Fritts has started at wide receiver since his sophomore season. He progressed into Trubisky's favorite and most reliable target in 2012, catching 59 passes for 1,187 yards and 17 touchdowns.

UNC, like most schools, projects Fritts to grow into a tight end on the collegiate level.

Not having much time since receiving the UNC offer to ponder his recruitment, Fritts is unsure of his next step.

"Obviously, they've offered other tight ends," Fritts said. "So there's kind of a little time limit to where if those spots get taken I'll have to move on. So if I'm going to make some decisions, it's got to be quick, because it's a business.

"I want to talk it over with my parents. I want to get my mom down there, too, because she didn't come down with me. There are no plans as of right now, but we'll see."

Fritts and his father drove to N.C. on Friday, arriving in the Triangle area around 3 p.m. They departed for home Sunday morning at about 10 a.m.

"I did a lot of walking around just checking out the campus and the area around it," Fritts said. "I got a tour of the facilities. I walked down on Franklin Street... I got a really good feel for the place."

Fritts spent a lot of time with UNC's coaching staff – namely Larry Fedora, offensive coordinator Blake Anderson, and tight ends coach Walt Bell. Among other things, they showed him film of how he'd fit into their offense.

"They have a ‘Y' position – it's like a tight end," Fritts said. "But there's a lot of flexing out like a wide receiver, but some true tight end attached."

On Saturday afternoon, Fritts and his father watched UNC's Spring Game with Trubisky's parents.

"Our parents are good friends, too," Fritts said. "I've known the Trubiskys since I was a little kid."

Seeing Trubisky playing in Carolina Blue was a surreal feeling for Fritts.

"It was different to see him in something other than red and white," Fritts said referring to Mentor's colors. "That was a change, but it was good to see him out there. He's doing real well. I think enrolling early really benefited him. He looked great out there throwing the ball with the first team. I noticed he's been moved up the depth chart [to second string] and he's a perfect fit for this offense."

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