UNC Offers Suhren

Shortly after arriving at North Carolina for the Coastal Division bout with Virginia Tech, Taleni Suhren was ushered to Larry Fedora’s office where the 2016 offensive lineman was offered a scholarship.

“As soon as I got off the elevator, they pulled me into Coach [Larry] Fedora’s office,” Suhren said. “Coach Kap [Chris Kapilovic] and my family were sitting down with Coach Fedora. And when he offered, I was really happy.

“It’s been an offer I’ve been waiting on for very long. I just knew I had to keep on working and hopefully it would come through. And when it came through, I was happy. It’s a great place to get an offer from.”

Suhren, a 6-foot-4, 268-pounder from Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell, had camped at UNC the past couple of summers and left each empty handed. Thus, he didn’t head into Saturday’s visit with expectations that he’d leave with an offer.

“I knew that my coach had sent my tape, so there was kind of a little thought in my head,” Suhren said. “But I really didn’t expect it.”

UNC joins Duke, NC State, Tennessee, and Wake Forest in offering Suhren.

At the end of his junior season, Suhren plans to name his final three schools. He’ll then focus on those three – taking visits, research, etc. – until finally making his verbal commitment.

Suhren came out of the summer with Duke, Clemson, and NC State as his top three offering schools. The UNC offer knocks the Wolfpack out of his tentative top three.

“Duke, Clemson and UNC are my favorites, but that can change when I announce for the final three,” Suhren said.

From the 2015 class, UNC has an Ardrey Kell offensive line prospect committed – Mason Veal. Suhren and Veal bookend Ardrey Kell’s O-line with Veal at left tackle and Suhren at right.

“I don’t think Mason will affect my decision,” Suhren said. “Mason is a teammate and a good friend, but this is a personal decision that you kind of have to make on your own.”

Prior to this weekend, Suhren had attended games at Duke and Wake Forest. This Saturday, he’ll visit Clemson for its game against Louisville.

Suhren has attended a UNC football game in each of the past three seasons. Saturday’s loss to Virginia Tech, of course, was his most recent.

“The offensive line is banged up, but I know they have a lot of good guys that are playing out there right now,” Suhren said. “UNC is a good team, but I don’t think their record quite shows it. I know they have all the tools to be really good. You look at those guys that they have on paper, and it’s like ‘Wow, this is a scary team.’ And I think once they get on the same page and people heal up, they could be something really special in the ACC.

“In Saturday’s game, you saw the defense really step up, but the offense couldn’t quite get clicking.”

Despite the loss, Suhren walked away impressed with UNC’s fan support.

“The atmosphere at UNC is indescribable – everything from the football to the fans,” Suhren said. “Even when you’re just eating on Franklin Street, everyone is just friendly and they really make you feel at home when you’ll there.”

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