Ga. LB Eying UNC Trip

ATLANTA --- North Carolina was one of the first schools to express interest in Quarte Sapp. That fact hasn't been lost on the 6-foot-2, 198-pound linebacker from Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton, despite collecting several offers since.

"They were one of the first schools that came out to my school," Sapp said. "Since they came out to see me, I'm going to visit and see how the school is.

"[The actual visit date] is kind of up in the air right now. I'm trying to commit on my birthday in March. So between this time and then, I'm going to try to narrow it down and go and visit and bring my mom to see some of the colleges."

March 6, to be exact, is Sapp's birthday. If he's not ready to decide on that date, he's willing to push his timeline back.

UNC's interest in Sapp resulted in a May scholarship offer. Seven other schools have since offered – Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

Heading into the coming month of visits, Sapp is favoring Florida State and Vanderbilt.

"I'm trying to find a balance between academics and competing at a high level," Sapp said. "Vandy is a good school academic-wise and they're competing right now, too. And Florida State, I'm [originally] from Florida. It's one of my dream schools."

Thus far, Sapp has visited Auburn (its thrilling regular season finale victory over Alabama), Georgia Tech (a junior day last spring), Florida State (its victory over Miami), and Ole Miss (Texas A&M).

Besides UNC, Sapp's likely visit destinations include a return to Auburn plus his first trip to Tennessee.

"I've heard a lot of good things about Tennessee and its atmosphere," Sapp said. "I really want to get back to Auburn to check it out, because when I went to the game I wasn't really able to visit the school."

Walt Bell was recruiting Sapp for UNC. Bell recently left the Tar Heels' staff for Arkansas State.

"It won't affect much," Sapp said. "We had an okay relationship, but it wasn't something that would force me to eliminate [UNC]."

Sapp won the Defensive MVP in the Rising Seniors Bowl for the West Team. He ended Tuesday's game with four tackles, including a sack on fourth down that halted the East offense.

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