LaRubbio, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound offensive lineman from Liberty Township (Ohio) Lakota East, will visit Duke on Friday, and then attend NC State's Spring Game on Saturday.
Although UNC isn't a stranger to Ohio, the Buckeye State is outside its usual recruiting footprint. However, that didn't stop the Tar Heels from becoming one of the 20 schools – along with Arizona State, Duke, Kentucky, Nebraska, NC State, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin – to offer LaRubbio.
"I heard great things about it – like how nice it was," LaRubbio said. "All their sports are great and I just wanted to check it out."
According to LaRubbio, UNC lived up to its reputation.
"I just really liked it," LaRubbio said. "Everything was real nice. It's a great program and they're going to be really good. I was really excited to go there."
Despite the positive remarks, UNC is trailing co-favorites Kentucky and Vanderbilt for LaRubbio.
"Both Vanderbilt and Kentucky are in the SEC," LaRubbio said. "That would be great to play against the best. And both teams' coaches I felt pretty comfortable with."
LaRubbio is completely unsure when he'll make a verbal commitment.
"I'm just trying to see some schools and see what I like," LaRubbio said. "I'm going with the flow right now."
Besides UNC, LaRubbio has visited Kentucky, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Vanderbilt. He doesn't have any future visits planned at the moment.
LaRubbio estimates that he spent four hours at UNC on Thursday. He left feeling like he saw the campus inside and out.
The coach LaRubbio spent the most time with was Larry Fedora. Their time together included an hour-long meeting in Fedora's office.
"He talked about the opportunities at North Carolina and the coaching style," LaRubbio said. "It was really cool spending time with him."
LaRubbio also spent time with Chris Kapilovic, UNC's offensive line coach. Kapilovic escorted LaRubbio around the Kenan Football Center and the two met individually for about 30 minutes.
"He was just telling me how they run their offense and what they expect from their players and how he coaches the offensive line," LaRubbio said.
Kapilovic also broke down UNC's situation along the offensive line and how LaRubbio would fit into the Tar Heels' plans.
"He was telling me how they were a little short on offensive linemen," LaRubbio said. "A lot of them are going pro so they need more offensive linemen.
"He likes me as a guard, but maybe tackle."
LaRubbio has started at offensive guard for Lakota East since his sophomore season.