Recruits' View from the Stands

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- North Carolina recruits were among those who endured the wet conditions on Friday to watch the Tar Heels' scrimmage at Ardrey Kell High School.

"They have a lot of energy and seem to have a lot of fun," Brian Chaffin, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound center from Charlotte Christian said. "I like how faithful the fan base from Charlotte is to come out and deal with the weather. Being from Charlotte, that's pretty cool. It's a lot of excitement. They're going to be good."

"They were getting after it," Elijah Deveaux, a 6-foot, 199-pound running back from Charlotte Christian said. "I saw a fast paced offense. I saw Elijah Hood, who's actually from Charlotte as well, was getting some early playing time with the ones already as an early enrollee. My former teammate, Des Lawrence, was making plays out on the field. So it was cool to see that."

"It was great," Cade Carney, a 5-foot-10, 197-pound athlete from Mocksville (N.C.) Davie County said. "I enjoyed getting to watch them practice. I talked to some family friends, Ricky and Austin Proehl. Austin signed with them not too long ago, so they were really excited about it. It was good to catch up with them and get a little insight. And I liked what I saw last night."

Ricky owns Proehlific Park, a family sports complex and fitness center in Greensboro. Carney's father, Carl, is the president/CEO of Davie Construction Company, which built Proehlific Park.

"We have a good relationship with them and I grew up watching [Ricky] play," Carney said. "So it's always good to talk to them."

In addition to the Proehls, Carney spoke to primary recruiter Keith Gilmore over the phone following the scrimmage.

"It was just a quick hello," Carney said. "He asked me if I liked what I was seeing and I said yes."

Before the scrimmage kicked off, Chaffin phoned his primary recruiter, Gunter Brewer. Chaffin not only spoke to Brewer, but also spent a moment on the phone with Larry Fedora.

"They were just being honest with me saying how much that they want me," Chaffin said. "They know by now that I know what they have to offer – quality education, playing time in the ACC, they have my former teammate, Des Lawrence – I spoke to Des the other day just to see how things were going [and] he's liking it a lot – and they have a great recruiting class already."

UNC added to that recruiting class on Friday with the verbal commitment of Mason Veal.

"He's one of my buddies, so I was happy for him to do that," Chaffin said. "It's interesting. It's something to think about for sure. I'm not going to make my decision because Mason Veal made his decision to go there. But it's definitely something to think about, because it would be fun to play with him potentially one day."

Like his teammate, Deveaux spoke to Brewer over the phone on Friday but their conversation occurred following the scrimmage and Larry Porter, UNC's running backs coach, was a part of the call.

"They just said they were glad to see me out there," Deveaux said. "And they want to get me back up for camp, because Coach Porter hadn't had a chance to see me in camp, yet. Last time I went up [for camp], Coach [Randy] Jordan was their running backs coach. Basically, Coach Porter wants to see me, because Coach Brewer already knows what I can do."

In addition to the aforementioned trio, Christian Colon, Austin Kendall, Nafees Lyon, Emmanuel Olenga, Anthony Ratliff, Taleni Suhren, and Mason Veal were spotted in the stands of Ardrey Kell's football stadium on Friday night.

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