Dalton Has Electric Experience at UNC

Jalen Dalton, one of the state's top '15 prospects, was among a star-studded group of defensive linemen at Fedora's Freak Show nearly a month ago.

"The energy level was great and the vibe was excellent," Dalton said. "I had a good time at North Carolina."

The elite camp was Dalton's fourth visit to UNC. That experience put the Tar Heels in great position for the 6-foot-6, 228-pound defensive end from Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth.

"It's high on my list," Dalton said.

Despite those feelings, Dalton, who has been offered by over a dozen schools, doesn't have a list of favorites.

"Maybe after the season or going into my senior year I'll have a list," Dalton said.

When that time comes, Dalton says he'll be focusing on each school's campus and coaching staff.

In addition to UNC, Dalton has also made recent visits to Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. Earlier in the process, he visited NC State.

"I'm finished for the summer," Dalton said. "I'm going to get to some games in the fall. There are no particular ones; I'm just worried about my football season right now."

Last summer, Dalton attended a regular camp at UNC. He says the differences between that and Fedora's Freak Show were night and day.

"It shocked me," Dalton said. "They had music going on that had everybody pumped. It was electric – honestly it was."

While the atmosphere made a huge impact, Dalton says his greatest memory from that night was the time he spent with the UNC coaching staff – specifically Keith Gilmore.

"They were just supportive and fun to be around," Dalton said.

During summer's camp, Dalton obviously worked out under former D-line coach Deke Adams. Thus, Fedora's Freak Show was Dalton's first chance to be coached by Gilmore, who replaced Adams this offseason.

"[Gilmore] works me hard and we had a good conversation after," Dalton said. "It shows that he can push me and then he can be a regular person after workouts are done."

During that post camp conversation, Gilmore had plenty of positive words to share with Dalton.

"He said I did really well and he wants me," Dalton said.

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