Dancy Chases Dream to UNC

North Carolina has made a late addition to its 2013 class. Will Dancy, a JuCo interior offensive lineman, has accepted a UNC scholarship.

"I'm happy to say I'm a Tar Heel," Dancy said. "I had worked for two years since high school to go to a program that's close to home – that was the reason I went to junior college. [UNC] is 20-30 minutes from where I live in Graham, everybody supports it, and I'll have a chance to compete. I like Coach [Chris Kapilovic] and I like Coach [Larry] Fedora and I feel the program is on the rise. It was such a good deal that I couldn't pass up."

Specifically with Kapilovic, Dancy, a 6-foot-4, 297-pounder who played last fall at Eastern Arizona JC, was able to develop a strong relationship with UNC's offensive line coach in less than a week.

"From what I can tell, he's a hard worker," Dancy said. "I've had offensive line coaches in the past that can write it up on the board, but they aren't very involved and can't really teach it. I can tell that he can really teach it and he's really involved with his players."

According to Dancy, UNC expects him to immediately compete for playing time in Jonathan Cooper's vacated left guard spot and also provide depth behind Russell Bodine at center.

"Really, all three interior spots I'll be competing for time," Dancy said.

Dancy signed a Letter-of-Intent with Memphis in December, but later asked to be released from that LOI.

After his release was granted in early May, Dancy took an official visit to Appalachian State. At the time, he was considering either App or returning to Eastern Arizona for a semester.

"A lot of teams started to show me interest for this fall," Dancy said.

Among those interested were Arizona, Cincinnati, and Wisconsin – all of which offered Dancy as a 2014 recruit.

As he was approaching that crossroad, Dancy's former high school teammate, Arien Smith, who is a walk-on at UNC, reached out to him a week ago.

"He told me that Coach Kap' wanted to talk to me," Dancy said. "… [Kapilovic] said they were really thin on their offensive line so they had a scholarship available."

That conversation was followed by a visit to UNC on Friday.

"I took a tour [and] I met with Coach Fedora and sat in his office," Dancy said. "He told me I had an offer. It took me about three seconds to commit. I told him that this was a dream come true. I committed, signed the papers, and I'm a Tar Heel."

Dancy signed scholarship papers with UNC and plans to enroll at UNC during the second summer semester and will have three seasons of playing eligibility remaining, plus a red-shirt year.

Dancy was an academic qualifier coming out of Graham (N.C.) Southern Alamance High School. In his quest for better collegiate options, he spent fall 2011 at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy – where he added snapping to his repertoire. Although his options improved, they still weren't where he wanted them to be.

"I had a couple of I-AA [offers], but nothing close to Carolina and I wanted something a little closer to home," Dancy said. "Everybody has big dreams, but I wanted to keep chasing it."

Therefore, Dancy headed the JuCo route. After spending the following spring at Iowa Western, he transferred to Eastern Arizona.

As a true freshman, Dancy earned all-conference honors at Eastern Arizona, but more importantly picked up several FBS offers.

"I really developed at Eastern Arizona," Dancy said. "We were really a run-blocking team and I got to show my run blocking skills. And I got more of a mean streak and my quickness off the ball improved. I think also in high school I was 250 [pounds] and I gained about 50 pounds – so the size helped."

Dancy took official visits to Memphis, Texas-San Antonio, and Western Kentucky. Last December, he signed with the Tigers.

"It was getting down to the December signing period and I just got pressured into making the decision," Dancy said. "I liked the coaching staff, but I didn't really like the atmosphere or anything."

In March, Dancy asked for his release from his Letter-of-Intent with Memphis.

Ironically, up until last weekend, Dancy hadn't visited UNC as a recruit. He did visit Chapel Hill a year ago to see Smith.

"It's funny because I've been to all the other schools [in the area] and gone to their camps, but Carolina," Dancy said. "So I really didn't get to see the facilities. I got to see the facilities on Friday."

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