Veal Enjoys UNC Junior Day

Accustomed to the anonymity of an offensive lineman, Mason Veal felt a little out of his element during last week's North Carolina Junior Day.

"It was fun," Veal said. "It's not really my thing, honestly, because O-linemen don't really get the spotlight. But it was fun to be around and to watch all the other guys to go through it, too. You could definitely tell [UNC] put a lot of work into it."

Still though, Veal, a 6-foot-5, 286-pound offensive tackle from Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell appreciated the Carolina Blue carpet, photos with Rameses, and other activities.

"It's definitely a place I could see myself being," Veal said. "Any time I can get there and spend time with the coaches and the players is great."

Throughout his stay, Veal was flanked by Chris Kapilovic, UNC's offensive line coach.

"He just asked me typical things – how's school going, stuff about their program, and stuff like that," Veal said.

While in UNC's players' lounge, Veal was able to spend time with UNC's two starting offensive guards, Caleb Peterson and Landon Turner.

"I try to talk to the players wherever I go, because the coaches have a message they're trying to put out but you don't really get a good feel for what it's like until you talk to the players," Veal said. "The players are little more honest about what it's like."

Veal's junior day experience concluded with UNC's exciting victory over Duke on the hardwood.

"It was awesome," Veal said. "Duke and Chapel Hill are probably the biggest basketball rivalry in the country. Seeing it live and seeing UNC come back was great. It was fun to rush the court afterwards."

Since he plans to graduate from Ardrey Kell early, Veal is aiming to make a verbal commitment by the end of the summer.

"By the end of March, it should slow down enough for me to determine who I truly have an interest in and who is interested in me," Veal said.

With that said, Clemson, UNC, and South Carolina have emerged as early favorites for Veal. He says all three are on equal footing.

"I think after March and after I finish up all my junior days, it will start clearing itself up a little bit," Veal said.

Besides UNC, the only recent recruiting visit Veal has made was to NC State for the Wolfpack's Junior Day.

March figures to be a busy month for Veal. He's scheduled to make trips to Clemson, South Carolina, and Wake Forest in the coming month.

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