Visit Reaffirms Veal's Thoughts

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Mason Veal has made a few visits to North Carolina. Last week, though, was the 2015 offensive lineman's first visit for an actual football game.

"I think it just kind of reaffirms what I've already known about them – very tight knit community within the football team," Veal said. "Great people, great coaches, [and] great family that supports that football team."

"It was fun. It was great to get up there and watch a game and be around the other recruits. Obviously the game didn't go to well for [UNC]. But it was a good visit. I really enjoyed myself up there."

Although those lines, Veal, a 6-foot-5, 286-pounder from Ardrey Kell High School, was introduced to Mitch Mason, UNC's team chaplain on Saturday.

"That was good," Veal said. "He runs the FCA up there."

UNC ended up being upset by East Carolina, but that wasn't Veal's focus.

"Obviously, you don't want to go out there and watch a team lose," Veal said. "I thought the O-line played solid and you can see the potential there and you can see Coach Kap's coaching. There are things they could get better at, but [the outcome] doesn't really affect me too much."

Speaking of Chris Kapilovic, UNC's offensive line coach, Veal spoke to him and fellow assistant Gunter Brewer before the game and on the phone during the car ride home.

"They talked about how they played," Veal said. "They said there are little things they need to get better at and they said that's why they need me out there."

Veal's stay also included a meeting with Larry Fedora in his office.

"[Fedora] just asked me about my game Friday night and how I'm developing throughout the season," Veal said.

Throughout the day, Veal was impressed by the atmosphere at Kenan Stadium.

"The student section was great," Veal said. "They were there the whole game – even towards the end."

Veal's favorite schools list still consists of Clemson, UNC, and South Carolina, but he cautions that his focus is his football season.

The only other college game Veal has attended this season is Clemson vs. Georgia in Death Valley. He figures to visit Tennessee on Oct. 19 when the Volunteers host South Carolina. He also is planning his first game visit to South Carolina as a recruit, which likely will occur in November.

Veal doesn't have any impending plans to return to UNC.

"I might wake up one Friday morning and say ‘Hey, I want to go to North Carolina tomorrow,'" Veal said. "We'll see."

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