Dalton Goes Overnight at UNC

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- Jalen Dalton and Shy Tuttle are conference rivals on Friday nights in the fall. But the two teamed up a few weekends ago to turn a North Carolina spring practice visit into an overnight stay.

"I just wanted to hang out with the players and get to talk with them more in-depth," Dalton said. "I just wanted to see if that's where I want to go and get to know people."

Following a Saturday afternoon practice, Dalton made the trip. Along with Tuttle, the 6-foot-6, 228-pound defensive end from Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth spent the night exploring Chapel Hill's social scene with several UNC players.

"We had a good time," Dalton said. "We hung out with Greg [Webb] and Dajaun [Drennon]. Some more players came by and we just hung out with them. We just hung out with the guys."

After a night out with the players, Dalton and Tuttle spent the next morning with the UNC coaches – specifically Larry Fedora and assistant coaches Keith Gilmore and Chris Kapilovic.

"[Fedora] just talked about how if we committed there how many great players would come," Dalton said. "He told me and Shy that keeping our talent in North Carolina and not going anywhere else, we could do special things."

Dalton says that Fedora's pitch is enticing, especially since Dalton and Tuttle are considering joining forces on the collegiate level.

"I know that [Tuttle] and I might be going somewhere together," Dalton said. "It's nice to know that we could bring in other players if we go somewhere."

That "somewhere" could be UNC, considering how well Dalton's overnight visit went.

"I had a good time, so that will definitely help," Dalton said. "I had a great experience."

Dalton – and Tuttle – were at another UNC practice last Friday night, as the duo were among the recruits in attendance for Carolina's open scrimmage in Greensboro.

Dalton plans to announce an official top five schools list sometime in the summer.

"Carolina is probably definitely in my top somewhere," Dalton said.

Dalton is a candidate to graduate West Forsyth early and thus enroll at his chosen college in January. With that said, he said he's aiming to make a verbal commitment in either November or December.

Besides UNC, Dalton has made recent visits to Duke and Virginia Tech. He has also visited Clemson, Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Dalton doesn't have any future recruiting trips planned.

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