Fedora Makes His Pitch to Mollette

Following North Carolina's practice on Saturday, Larry Fedora welcomed Juval Mollette, Jalen Dalton, Emanuel McGirt, and Shy Tuttle into his office for a very impactful pitch.

"He told us that he got this job for one reason and that was to win a national championship," Mollette said. "When he took the job, everybody was thinking he was crazy saying ‘Oh man, you aren't going to win a national championship at North Carolina.' He said ‘That's what drives me every morning and gets me jacked up every morning.' He said the No. 1 way to achieve that is keeping all the in-state players, in-state instead of going everywhere else. He said, ‘I know those other schools are really appealing, but you can accomplish everything in your home state.'"

The speech made a strong impression on Mollette, a 6-foot-4, 187-pound wide receiver from Randleman (N.C.).

"It makes me think a lot," Mollette said. "It makes me think about the people that are already committed, like Anthony Ratliff, Corey Bell. I know them pretty well. It makes me think what I could build with them."

Mollette says UNC's commitments recruit him hard and there's not even a close second. He and Bell are on the same 7-on-7 team, he speaks to Ratliff "every now and again," and he has communicated through Twitter with Ronnie Harrison and Chris Clark.

"I think it's good, because it shows that the players care and they want to build something special, also," Mollette said.

Prior to Saturday's practice, Mollette sat in on a wide receiver meeting led by Gunter Brewer. Mollette then made sure to pay extra close attention to the Tar Heels' wide receivers coach during the practice.

"He's a good, hard coach," Mollette said. "He doesn't sugarcoat anything, because he wants his receivers to be the best they can be. I like that about him."

Mollette recently released a top five schools list that crowned Clemson and UNC his co-leaders. Saturday's visit didn't break the tie between the Tar Heels and Tigers.

"I wouldn't really say it changes anything, but it definitely puts something in the back of my head," Mollette said.

Michigan, Virginia Tech, and Ohio State round out Mollette's list.

"I like Michigan, because I like Coach [Roy] Manning. Ohio State doesn't really talk to me as much, but I'm keeping them up there. Coach [Charley] Wiles [of Virginia Tech] does a pretty good job of keeping in touch with me."

Mollette, who is eying a late summer verbal commitment, is scheduled to attend Clemson's Spring Game on April 12. He also plans to return to Chapel Hill for Fedora's Freak Show.

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