UNC Leads for Fla. Lineman

With a scholarship offer from the school in hand and family in the area, William Sweet decided to attend North Carolina's first Junior Day on Saturday.

"It was amazing," Sweet said. "I just fell in love with the place. I just loved the people and the campus. I felt at home. Of course I felt like a recruit, but it felt like a family. I felt comfortable."

Shortly after the football season, Sweet, a 6-foot-7, 250-pound offensive tackle in the 2015 class from Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast, received a scholarship offer from UNC.

"Coach [Dan] Disch had watched my highlight tape, and he had learned my personality and learned what kind of person I was," Sweet said. "He's been telling me that the entire staff liked my film. I called him one day and he said we want to make it official. Ever since then I've had a great interest in North Carolina."

Sweet has also picked up offers from Cincinnati, Georgia, Miami, Nebraska, and Purdue. Saturday's visit, though, further cemented UNC atop his list.

"Right now, North Carolina is definitely in the lead," Sweet said. "They've been with me before a lot the other major college programs and I've taken notice in that."

Sweet isn't in a rush to make a verbal commitment. He just knows he would like to make a decision before his senior year. Most likely, he'll wait until after spring practice concludes.

"I still feel that North Carolina will be in the lead, but I'm going to play it safe and let God work things out," Sweet said.

Sweet, who has family in the Wake Forest area, traveled north on Friday. While registering for the Junior Day early Saturday morning, Sweet was greeted by Disch. Disch then escorted Sweet into a room to watch a preview video followed by a trip to Larry Fedora's office.

"[Fedora] was just saying he wasn't putting too much pressure on me as far as making a decision," Sweet said. "We were just talking about life. He was just saying that God has blessed me with the body that I have and the mind that I have. We were just talking [and] getting to know each other a little bit better."

Disch then introduced Sweet to UNC's entire staff. During lunch, Disch and UNC's offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic sat with Sweet.

UNC is recruiting Sweet to play left tackle, but position is of little concern to him.

"I told the coaches I'll play any position to help the team be successful," Sweet said. "Wherever there's an opportunity to help the team, I'll do it. I always tell my coach, ‘If you need a kicker, teach me how to kick.'"

Growing up focused on basketball, Sweet didn't begin playing organized football until the seventh grade at the urging of his middle school coach. He began as a tight end, moving up to varsity a game into his sophomore season. A couple of games later, an injury at right tackle set the stage for Sweet to move to that position. He played right tackle the remainder of that season and then flipped to left tackle for his junior year.

Growing up a big basketball fan, attending UNC's game Saturday against N.C. State was quite the treat for Sweet.

"The fans are incredible," Sweet said. "… The fans were just unreal. The place was literally rocking. I wanted to get on the court myself and play.

Following the game, Disch gave Sweet a quick tour of UNC's campus on a golf cart.

"I really enjoyed that," Sweet said. "He was just showing us the campus, what they have to offer, the academics. We were kind of pressed for time, so we couldn't actually meet the professors and tour the dorms."

Sweet is looking forward to a more in-depth tour when he returns to Chapel Hill. A date for such a visit hasn't been established. In fact, he doesn't have any future recruiting trips planned.

During the football season, Sweet attended the Florida-South Carolina game with teammate and Gamecock pledge Sherrod Pittman. Sweet also visited Florida State for the Miami game and made an unofficial trip to Florida.

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