Albright Enjoys UNC Atmosphere

With his high school team on a bye, North Carolina pledge Cam Albright and his parents traveled to Chapel Hill on Saturday for his first college game in Kenan Stadium.

"The fans there were crazy," Albright said. "The student section, they were really into the game like I haven't seen before… Even though they were facing Middle Tennessee State, the stadium was still a good bit full. It shows how loyal the fans are and how excited the fans are for the upcoming season. So the atmosphere was great."

Albright, a 6-foot-2, 207-pound safety from Kennesaw (Ga.) North Cobb, arrived on campus in time for all of a UNC game's pageantry, including the Victory Walk. What stood out the most, though, was when the UNC players jumped into the student section after concluding warm-ups.

"It's all about getting the fans – especially the students – hyped up for the game," Albright said. "After they warm up, they run and jump into the stands with the students. It's real cool and something I haven't seen before. Those are the people that are cheering for you, so just showing your appreciation is real cool."

Albright did some of his own hyping up. As soon as he reached the field to watch the UNC player warm up, Albright ran down the side of the stands high-fiving fans in the first row.

During the actual game, much of Albright's focus was on senior safety Tre Boston.

"It looked like he was playing a whole lot of zone coverage," Albright said. "That doesn't seem like too hard of an adjustment [for me] to make. I was watching my position and seeing how much I would fit in."

Albright was treated to a highlight reel-worthy, one-handed catch by Boston on the game's opening drive.

"That was pretty impressive," Albright said. "That was a big play. He was reading the quarterback and got the ball when it was [thrown] in the end zone."

Prior to the game, Albright and fellow UNC pledge Ayden Bonilla met with Larry Fedora for a brief chat.

"He was just saying how he was fired up for the game," Albright said. "[He said] he was ready to get that bad taste out of his mouth from last week. He was just checking up with us – asking about our high school season."

Albright and Bonilla were two of several UNC commitments in Kenan Stadium on Saturday. Although the two Georgia high school players were nearly inseparable, they made a point to converse with Josh Cabrera during the game and Austin Proehl before and after.

"[Proehl] had asked us when we were going to take our official visits and if we were going to enroll early," Albright said. "Ayden and I said we were going to take our official visits after the season is over and we weren't going to early enroll."

Albright believes it's important to start bonding with his future teammates.

"I'm lucky that I live in the same area as three other commits from Georgia and I also know Caleb Samuel, the lineman from Macon," Albright said. "But I have to meet some of those guys that are further up north like North Carolina, Virginia, and Ohio."

Because of distance, Albright won't be in Chapel Hill for most of UNC's home games, but he does plan to return for a matchup with an ACC opponent.

"I'm really trying to focus on my senior season," Albright said. "If we get bounced out of the playoffs early then maybe we'll get to attend a third game."

The Atlanta Journal Constitution ranks North Cobb fifth in Class 6A. Thus, an early playoff exit is unlikely.

North Cobb easily disposed of its lone opponent, Fayetteville (Ga.) Starr's Mill, a couple of weeks ago, 48-7. In that game, Albright recorded five tackles and an 11-yard reception.

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