McGirt Stays the Night

Emanuel McGirt lives within 30 minutes of Chapel Hill and has made countless visits to UNC. But the best way for him to evaluate the student life is to make an overnight visit.

McGirt, 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive tackle from Durham (N.C.) Hillside, did just that on Wednesday night.

"It was great," McGirt said. "I had a great time. I just got to hang with some of the guys. I spent the night with Bentley [Spain]. I had a great time."

Along with Spain and a few other offensive linemen, McGirt ate dinner at Spanky's and then watched the Grizzlies' and Mavericks' overtime game.

"[Spain] told me he watched film on me and thought I was a really great fit for the team," McGirt said. "He said they need offensive tackles, because they have Jon Heck and John Ferranto and Kiaro Holts, but they're graduating a year after I come in. After that, it's only going to be three or four tackles so they need tackles."

Although most of the visit was spent with the players, McGirt also had ample time with the Tar Heel coaching staff – specifically Dan Disch, Larry Fedora, strength and conditioning coach Lou Hernandez, and offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic.

"They told me to take my time but they really want me," McGirt said. "They said they could use a guy like me. I just need time to make the right decision."

Within the last month, UNC has secured verbal commitments from two offensive tackle prospects – William Sweet and Mason Veal.

"They told me that they still want me to come to UNC," McGirt said. "If I were to come they would move one of those guys to offensive guard. So even though they have two offensive tackles, they still have room for me."

McGirt is torn about the effects of UNC having commitments from two offensive tackle prospects.

"I'm not scared of competition," McGirt said. "But at the same time, I want to go to a place where I feel I have the best opportunity to play. When [the commitments] first happened, I was like ‘Dang.' But I'm not going to just rule out Carolina because of the competition."

McGirt is very familiar with Sweet. The two first met at UNC's Junior Day in early February. They then reconnected during a visit to Florida State.

"We text back and forth," McGirt said. "So I know him pretty well. We talk on a weekly basis about school and the recruiting process."

The two are close enough that McGirt was aware of Sweet's intentions to verbally commit to UNC last Saturday.

Since Sweet actually pulled the trigger, he and McGirt have communicated.

"He said that UNC is an awesome place, but he doesn't really say ‘I want you there with me,'" McGirt said.

Throughout much of his recruitment, McGirt has toyed with various combinations of "top five" lists. UNC and NC State have typically been constants on those lists and the two schools have emerged as his co-leaders.

"I'm still considering other schools, but I just think if I had to decide today it would be between Carolina and State," McGirt said. "I'm still open to anybody, though."

McGirt has also made numerous visits to NC State – most recently the Wolfpack's Spring Game last Saturday. However, he has yet to spend the night on campus. He figures to change that in the near future.

McGirt is eyeing a June verbal commitment.

"I just want spring recruiting to come by, because I know I have a couple of schools that want to offer me and come to watch me practice," McGirt said. "I don't want to commit now because I want to give the opportunity for other guys on my team to get exposure."

Emanuel McGirt Profile

Inside Carolina Top Stories