In addition to learning more about UNC's football tradition, Nauta's visit included a campus tour, a meeting with an academic advisor, and plenty of conversations with members of the Tar Heels' staff.
"[UNC is] definitely in the top eight/top ten range," Nauta said. "It's definitely an impressive school."
Nauta doesn't have a definite top eight or top ten schools list. After the football season, he plans to announce an official top ten schools list. Closer to the spring, he'll knock that list down to five. He'll then commit sometime next summer.
Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi, and South Carolina will likely make Nauta's first cut, he says.
"Those are the schools that definitely have me interested more than others," Nauta said.
During Nauta's UNC visit, the Tar Heels held a camp – its third of the summer. Although he didn't participate, the camp provided Nauta an opportunity to observe Seth Littrell, the Tar Heels' tight ends coach, on the football field tutoring a group of tight ends.
"I liked him," Nauta said. "He was a cool guy and clearly a good coach based off what he's done. He's put a lot of tight ends in the NFL. But I liked him as a person, too. I had a lot of fun talking to him."
In addition to Littrell, Nauta had several conversations with Ron West and Larry Fedora throughout his stay. West recruits Nauta's area of Georgia.
"They talked about how I'm the kind of guy that they want on the team," Nauta said. "They said they could spread me out and also put my hand down. I'm the kind of guy that they don't want to take off the field, because I can do it all. For 2016, I'm definitely the guy that they want to sign."
Nauta also spent time with Buford alums/current Tar Heels Mikey Bart and Nathan Stubb.
"I'm really good friends with Mikey Bart – I love Mikey, actually," Nauta said. "That is good, because I have a connection that will be able to give me an honest opinion about the school and what he thinks about it.
"And then Staub, I know him pretty well, too. They both are really good resources for me.
"They both are really cool guys and they both they love the school. Mikey says that he loves it there, but if you're scared to work hard, then it's not the place for you because he said they get after it not only academically but athletically, as well. Coach Fedora, he said, is a really fiery guy."
UNC was Nauta's latest on a lengthy list of recruiting visits. Among others, his travels have brought him to Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, and Tennessee.
This weekend, Nauta will return to the road while also returning to Tennessee. He'll also return to FSU in July. Additionally, he plans to visit Notre Dame by the end of the summer, while also traveling to LSU and South Carolina this fall.
Nauta started at both tight end and defensive end for Buford as a sophomore. He concluded last season with 24 receptions for 420 yards and seven touchdowns. Additionally, he registered 64 tackles, eight sacks, and four forced fumbles on defense.