Yulee Names Leader

Following his most recent visit, Jaquan Yulee, a 2016 linebacker, has developed a favorite school.

"My leader right now is UNC," the 6-foot, 240-pounder from Suffolk (Va.) Lakeland said. "UNC comes at me more than any other college."

Rounding out Yulee's top three are in-state rivals Virginia and Virginia Tech.

"They know how to treat football players," Yulee said.

Yulee was in Chapel Hill on Saturday for the Tar Heels' Spring Game. Previously, he attended UNC's football game against Old Dominion last fall and a camp last summer.

"The spring game was good – it was real good," Yulee said. "I liked how they played and how they played to the fans. This visit made my feelings [towards UNC] a little stronger. I really liked that I got to talk to the head coach."

Virginia Tech is the only other school that Yulee has visited.

Five games into his freshman season, UNC extended Yulee a scholarship offer. He ended that campaign with 95 tackles, ten sacks, and an interception. His numbers dipped his sophomore season as opponents began to scheme against him (89 tackles, three sacks, and an interception).

Randy Jordan began UNC's pursuit of Yulee. Once Jordan left for the Washington Redskins the baton was passed to Keith Gilmore. Gilmore and Yulee are still in the early stages of establishing a relationship.

"[Gilmore] has told me that I'm the No. 1 linebacker on their 2016 recruiting board," Yulee said.

Yulee's scholarship offer count is quickly approaching double digits. In addition to UNC, East Carolina, Michigan, Virginia, and Virginia Tech are among the schools that have offered. He's also receiving letters from Clemson, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, and Oregon.

While most of the 100-plus recruits who attended UNC's Spring Game on Saturday were asked to arrive about an hour prior to kickoff, the staff urged Yulee to arrive a couple hours earlier. Just as he reached the doors of the Kenan Football Center, Yulee was greeted by Ron Brewer, UNC's Assistant Director of Player Personnel.

"[Brewer] didn't give me a tour, because I had already seen the campus and facilities before," Yulee said. "So he just brought me into the building to talk to me. He asked me how was school going and how my grades were. We talked about my highlight tape and how big I have gotten."

Before heading to the field for the spring game warm-ups, Yulee was escorted into Larry Fedora's office.

"He just told me to keep my head straight and to keep my grades up," Yulee said. "And he said to make sure I come to UNC."

Despite listing UNC as his leader, Yulee says he's at least a year away from making a verbal commitment.

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