In particular, Cabrera, a 6-foot-3, 184-pound wide receiver from Jacksonville (N.C.) Northside, appreciated UNC's pageantry.
"I really liked when they jumped into the stands," Cabrera said. "I feel it motivates the players to do better. I look forward to doing the same things they did – the [Victory] Walk, jumping into the stands. They make it real special with the Victory Walk – it's very memorable for the players. I can't wait to be a part of it."
On the field – regardless of the outcome, though UNC won, 40-20 – Cabrera couldn't have been happier with what he saw.
"They get the ball to their receivers, so I look forward to that as a receiver," Cabrera said. "And they throw the ball a lot."
Northside runs a pro-I offense that relies heavily on the run. After the first two games of the 2013 season, Cabrera had a single catch. He made up for that last Friday with a six-reception, 106-yard performance and scored a crucial touchdown in the second half.
"I like [an offense that passes the ball around] of course, but as long as I'm helping the team I don't mind," Cabrera said.
Most of UNC's verbal commitments are located in similar areas – Charlotte, Marietta, northern Virginia. Cabrera, though, is one of the few outliers – basically living on an island in southeast N.C.. Thus, he used Saturday as an opportunity to network with the handful of fellow pledges also on campus.
"I got their numbers and we're going to be talking," Cabrera said. "I've been talking to Austin Proehl since [Fedora's] Freak Show, so I knew him already.
"I met Ayden Bonilla and the other safety, Cam Albright [on Saturday]. I can't wait to hit it off with them next year. They're good people, so I can't wait to work with them."
After the game, Cabrera spoke briefly with both Gunter Brewer, UNC's wide receivers coach, and Dan Disch, Cabrera's area recruiter.
"They said they look forward to me coming in," Cabrera said. "They wished me good luck this year."
Tentatively, Cabrera plans to be back in Chapel Hill for the UNC-East Carolina game in a few weeks. He's also eyeing the "Zero Dark Thursday" game against Miami and the regular season finale with Duke.
"I'm going to try to get up there for as many [games] as I can," Cabrera said.