UNC No. 1 for Yulee

After attending North Carolina’s 31-27 victory over San Diego State on Saturday, Jaquan Yulee has a clear cut leader.

“North Carolina is still my No. 1 team,” the four-star 2016 linebacker said. “They basically treat everybody like they are family. They put schoolwork before football. And I like all that.”

UNC has hovered atop the list of schools that have offered Yulee, which currently stands at 18 offers, for quite some time. However, the 6-foot, 240-pounder from Chesapeake (Va.) Indian River doesn’t anticipate making a verbal commitment until his senior year.

“I don’t want to rush anything,” Yulee said.

In addition to UNC, Clemson, Michigan, NC State, Notre Dame, and Virginia are among the schools that have offered Yulee.

One of the reasons Yulee doesn’t want to rush a decision is because of his limited exploration of schools outside of UNC. Prior to Saturday’s game, he last made a recruiting trip in April when he attended the Tar Heels’ Spring Game.

Throughout the football season, Yulee plans to visit several schools for games. Though he doesn’t have anything scheduled, he’d like to travel to Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, NC State, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech. He’s also working on plans to return to UNC for its next home game on Oct. 4 when the Tar Heels host the Hokies.

Since Indian River plays cross-town rival Oscar Smith on Saturday, Yulee won’t attend a college football game this weekend.

Indian River opened up the 2014 season last Thursday with a 28-13 loss to Hampton (Va.). After spending his first two prep years at Suffolk (Va.) Lakeland, Yulee’s Indian River debut consisted of 14 tackles and two sacks.

“[The transition to Indian River] was easier than I thought it was going to be,” Yulee said. “I thought it was going to take me a while to fit in with my new team. But as soon as I came, they basically treated me like family.”

Two nights after that debut, Yulee was in Chapel Hill for UNC’s “Stripe Out.”

“It was amazing – even though I had on the wrong colors,” Yulee said with a laugh referring to his failure to match his shirt to the section he sat in. “It was amazing to see some of the boys out there painting their body all black. The fans were awesome.”

Last season, Yulee attended UNC’s game against Old Dominion, and he admitted the atmosphere wasn’t comparable.

Before watching team warm-ups on Saturday, Yulee spoke with both Keith Gilmore, his primary recruiter, and Ron West, UNC’s linebackers coach.

“They were just telling me to finish out the school year, keep my grades up, and hopefully I’ll commit to UNC,” Yulee said.

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