All-American Punter Sets Official Visit

Though North Carolina hasn't offered a scholarship, Corbin Daly has scheduled an official visit to Chapel Hill.

Daly, an U.S. Army All-American and the nation's second ranked punter according to national kicking guru Chris Sailer, is set to officially visit UNC this coming weekend. It will be his first official trip.

"[UNC] is my No. 1 right now, so I just want to meet the other committed guys and hear their stories about why they chose there," Daly said.

In addition to UNC, Daly is considering Clemson and South Carolina. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell product plans to schedule official visits to both Palmetto State schools, but no dates have been set. In fact, Daly says there's a chance he takes his UNC official visit, decides to commit, and then shuts down his recruitment.

"I love [UNC]," Daly said. "I love the coaching staff and all of the recruits I've already met so far I'm friends with a lot of them.

"If I really like it there [during my official visit], I could make a decision there, if not soon after."

While in San Antonio earlier this month for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Daly spent significant time with UNC pledges Caleb Henderson, Elijah Hood, Freeman Jones, and Bentley Spain. Daly and fellow specialist Jones actually roomed together during the week.

"That was great," Daly said. "They were really a great group of guys. I really enjoyed hanging out with them. It felt like they actually cared about each other, which is good for the program."

Additionally, Daly's high school long snapper, Kyle Murphy, has accepted a preferred walk-on offer from UNC.

"That definitely helps a lot, because I've been good friends with him for all four years of high school," Daly said. "He's one of my really good friends, so I trust him completely."

Initially, Luke Paschall, a graduate assistant who worked primarily with UNC's special teams, was Daly's primary recruiting contact with the Tar Heels. Once he left for Arkansas State, Gunter Brewer, who recruits the Charlotte area for UNC, took over full time.

"If not every day, Coach Brewer and I speak every other day," Daly said. "My main thing was staying close to home –and [UNC] is definitely not 20 hours away like Texas is – and his main pitch has been that it's closer to home and playing there I'd be closer to my friends and family."

This weekend's visit will be Daly's second to UNC. He previously attended the Tar Heels' football game against East Carolina.

"I really loved it," Daly said. "I really loved the fan base and everything. I like how the whole crowd gets into it. It's great to see all the students interact with everybody. It felt really good – I really enjoyed it."

Originally, Daly verbally committed to Texas in June. However, he de-committed roughly a month ago.

"When I went to Texas, I was loving it," Daly said. "But a couple of months after I committed, I realized the distance was just too hard on my friends and family. I just couldn't do it."

At the time of Daly's de-commitment, Mack Brown had yet to resign, but the former Texas head coach's future had been the subject of rumors the entire season. Daly said that uncertainty played into his decision, but wasn't a determining factor.

Though Texas had offered him a scholarship, the three schools Daly is currently considering have only presented a preferred walk-on opportunity with the possibility of earning a scholarship later in his collegiate career.

"UNC said, for sure, that they don't have a scholarship available, but if they did they would give it to me," Daly said. "But they said if I committed there, when I go in they would give me [a scholarship] as soon as possible. They were thinking, from what I understood, it was either after the first semester or after the first year."

Tommy Hibbard, who will be a senior this coming fall, has been handling UNC's punting duties since the 2011 season earning All-ACC honorable mention following 2013. UNC put him on scholarship just before the 2013 season.

A three-year starter at punter, Daly averaged 48 yards on 49 punts as a senior. Of those 49, he dropped 11 inside the 10-yard line and 23 inside the 20. In addition to being selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Daly was named to the 2013 Associated Press All-State team.

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