Stewart's Official Visit Experience

North Carolina verbal commitment M.J. Stewart has made countless visits to UNC. His visits have included junior days, football games, basketball games, and trips to just spend time with the coaches and learn about the school.

When asked how his UNC official visit over the week was different than previous trips, the only item that popped into Stewart's mind was the food.

"We ate a lot and the meals were delicious," Stewart said. "We went to dinner every night, but probably the fanciest restaurant we went to was on Saturday night we went to Ruth's Chris [Steak House], which was really good. We went to a breakfast place [Sunday] morning, which was delicious."

Accompanied by his father, Stewart arrived on campus at about 12:30 on Friday afternoon. Most of that day was spent observing the team as it went through its game day eve ritual, including sitting in on position meetings and watching a walk through practice.

"Obviously it's different than high school – you don't have meetings in high school," Stewart said. "It was good and you could see there's a lot more plays to learn. But Friday is a chance to review so you can be a great player."

Since he visited UNC during a game weekend, Stewart had a few player hosts. On Friday, freshmen Greg Webb and Donnie Miles hosted him. Following the football game on Saturday, Stewart hung out with fellow defensive back Tim Scott.

"It was real cool getting to know them," Stewart said. "Everybody's got a personality on that team. Those guys said some really funny stuff. [My college years] should be a fun time."

On Saturday afternoon, Stewart watched as UNC fell short to Duke.

"There were a few miscues in the game," Stewart said. "If T.J. Logan catches that TD, that's a game changer. If Tre Boston caught any of those picks, that could have changed the game. It was just little things.

"But it doesn't change my mind at all about the program. I know that the program is going to be good – I have no doubt in my mind."

Stewart's schedule on Sunday was full of meetings, including separate meetings with Walt Bell, his primary recruiter, and Dan Disch, UNC's cornerbacks coach.

"They were just reassuring that the next few years are going to be great," Stewart said. "They were just getting me mentally prepared to make an impact, since I'm going to be there in 40 days."

Stewart also had the customary official visit-ending meeting with Larry Fedora.

"He talked about the same thing," Stewart said. "He also told me how training camp is. He told me when I first come in, he's going to sit me down and talk to me about my goals. Whatever my goals are, he's going to strive to get me there."

Stewart, who is graduating from Yorktown later this month, will arrive at UNC on Jan. 5.

"My focus is just being in condition," Stewart said. "I want to be in condition for the spring. I don't want to be out there and be sucking wind. I want to be in some type of shape. I don't want to be too tired."

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