Nation's No. 1 'Loved' UNC Visit

Tim Settle made his first visit to North Carolina on Saturday since unofficially visiting in July. More importantly, it was the five-star prospect's first game in Kenan Stadium and his father's first trip to Chapel Hill.

"It was great," said Settle, who is ranked the No. 1 prospect in the 2015 class by "I loved it in general. Everything was organized to the point where everything was set. We had planned it for a while and there were certain things we wanted to do."

Among the items high on Settle's visit agenda was for his father to meet the Tar Heels' coaching staff. As soon as the 6-foot-2, 295-pound defensive tackle from Manassas (Va.) Jackson arrived on campus, he and his father were escorted to Larry Fedora's office for an individual meeting.

"[Fedora] just talked about how he was so excited to finally meet my father," Settle said. "He was happy that I was down there. He was happy that everything was going great. He said it would be sweet to see me as a Tar Heel."

Settle also spent significant time with Walt Bell, his area recruiter, Keith Gilmore, UNC's defensive line coach, and Blake Anderson, UNC's offensive coordinator.

"I could talk to Coach Bell every day about anything," Settle said. "He's going to support me and he's going to tell me the right things. I respect him to the highest point."

The visit, which was his third to Chapel Hill, only strengthened Settle's feelings towards UNC.

"I love it," Settle said. "I just love going up there. They will be in the top ten."

Settle doesn't plan to announce his top ten until the summer.

Making Settle's stay most enjoyable was the fact that a contingent of fellow Virginians also were on campus, namely Matthew Burrell and Ricky DeBerry.

"We were sitting in the recruit section and we were just laughing, dancing, and just having fun," Settle said. "It builds the relationship... Of course you want to go where you have somebody that you already know. We build a lot of respect as a player, as a recruit, and as a friend."

That respect has led Settle to discuss attending the same school with Burrell and DeBerry.

The group of '15 prospects also intermingled with UNC pledges Tyler Powell, also from Virginia, and Elijah Hood.

"They didn't really tell me to come there," Settle said. "They were just talking to me about recruiting. But I hear the same thing everywhere I go. I wasn't rude or anything, but I was expecting it – it's nothing new."

In addition to watching the Tar Heels' easily dispose of Virginia, 45-14, Settle was able to see some of the unique activities that surround game day at UNC.

"I thought the DJ was cool," Settle said. "I liked everything. The environment was great."

Until the end of the football season, Settle's focus is Jackson's playoff run. However, he and Burrell plan to squeeze in a visit to Tennessee in the next couple of weeks.

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