Carney's Visit Sets the Table

One of the highlights of Malik Carney's North Carolina official visit over the weekend was the pledge's first Tar Heel basketball game – an 82-71 victory over Boston College.

"That was big because it's a team with a lot of tradition in basketball," the 6-foot-2, 208-pound linebacker from Alexandria (Va.) Williams said. "I'm used to seeing them play on TV all the time, but just actually being there and feeling for the environment of a basketball game was unbelievable."

Further enhancing Carney's experience was a halftime ceremony to honor the football team's Belk Bowl victory.

"It was great knowing that they started 1-5 and then to finish 7-6 with a bowl victory," Carney said. "Just them turning it around, believing, showing what they can do, and showing what they can do is something I want to be a part of. They didn't fold and quit after a record of 1-5. That's just something that I really want to be a part of. It was just great to top it off in the Belk Bowl."

Carney has made several visits to UNC in the past. Most of those visits focused on the academic and athletic side of the school. His official visit, though, highlighted a third dimension – the social life.

"It was a good time to just see the social side of the campus," Carney said. "I pretty much hung out with the team. I saw where I can have fun and be safe."

Carney's guide to UNC's social side was player host Greg Webb.

"He showed me a great time," Carney said. "He showed me all the hang out spots. He was very honest with me. He had a lot of friends and people knew him everywhere we went."

Carney also spent a great deal of time with UNC's coaching staff, particularly future position coach Ron West. West informed Carney that the staff sees him playing either Bandit or Will linebacker, depending on how he develops.

Sunday afternoon, Carney concluded his official visit with the customary meeting with Larry Fedora.

"He was just making sure all my questions were answered," Carney said. "He made sure that me and my family had a great time."

Carney's parents and brother accompanied him on the visit. It was his mother's and brother's first time in Chapel Hill.

"They liked the campus and the student life," Carney said. "We went on a lot of tours and they liked what they saw. They really liked the academic part of the tours. They are just proud and pleased that I have this opportunity to play at the next level."

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