UNC Holding Strong with Culler

Following Saturday's spring game, Coult Culler says North Carolina remains the team to beat.

"Everything went up," Culler said. "Nothing went down from there. I just got a lot of positive stuff from what I saw Saturday."

Culler, a 6-foot-5, 230-pounder from Wilmington (N.C.) Laney, reports offers from East Carolina, UNC and NC State. The NC State offer is his most recent, arriving a couple of weeks ago.

"When I went up [to UNC] for the junior day, I just liked the way the coaches spoke about themselves and how Coach [Larry] Fedora spoke about the program and what he expected out of it, and just the way they play football," Culler said. "The academics are wonderful. When we went for the junior day and we toured everything, I loved the campus and I loved the academic support."

Culler says a verbal commitment could occur within the next couple of months. He'd like to revisit East Carolina and make his first visit to NC State before making any decisions. He plans to attend the Wolfpack's Spring Game this Saturday.

Saturday's visit to UNC was Culler's second. He previously visited in January for the Tar Heels' first junior day of the cycle.

"I had a great time seeing the coaches again – just catching up and seeing everybody again – and seeing all the other juniors that were there," Culler said. "And then I actually got a feel for what Carolina was all about with the game."

Visiting recruits were expected to check in at about 1:45 pm. Culler and his parents, though, decided to arrive a little earlier to soak in the pre-spring game activities UNC had planned for its fans.

"We just kind of walked around where everybody was having the festivities – like the music," Culler said. "I just really liked the whole fan base, like how everybody was so involved with everything."

Once Culler and his parents entered Kenan Football Center, they were greeted by UNC assistant coaches Dan Disch and Ron West. Disch recruits the Wilmington area for UNC, while West coaches the linebackers.

"[West] went to school at Clemson and actually played a year or two after my dad did," Culler said. "They were exchanging stories and they knew some of the same people. It was kind of cool to see how small of a world it is."

Disch and West also briefed Culler on which players to focus on during the spring game so that he'd get a good feel for how he'd fit within UNC's 4-2-5 defense. The Tar Heels coaching staff hasn't zoned in on an exact position for Culler, but believes he could play either Bandit or middle linebacker.

"I think I fit right in at middle linebacker where I've always played," Culler said. "It's more of a go forward defense. I really like playing defense like that, because that's what I've played for four years in high school."

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