Preview: Official Visit Weekend

North Carolina is set to host one of its first important non-game official visit weekends of the year.

North Carolina will host six official visitors this weekend, including UNC pledges Carl Tucker and Mason Veal, who are firmly committed. Learn more about the other four key names that’ll be on campus…

Chris Hart: The 6-foot-2, 234-pounder stars at defensive end at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Aquinas, but is an ideal Bandit for UNC’s 4-2-5 scheme. While most of this weekend’s visitors will arrive Friday night, Hart won’t reach Chapel Hill until early Saturday morning since Aquinas is playing in the FHSAA 7A State Semifinals Friday night. He has previously taken official visits to Iowa, Michigan State, and Utah, and lists that trio as co-leaders heading into his UNC official. Louisville and Georgia Tech are vying for his final official slot.

Jason Strowbridge: The four-star defensive lineman surprised many when he verbally committed to Kentucky in September. A month earlier, he listed Miami and UNC along with the Wildcats as his favorites, but the local Hurricanes were expected to be the choice. Since announcing his commitment on his personal Twitter account, nary a word has been heard from the Deerfield Beach (Fla.) product. Although he’s ranked as the No. 26 defensive end, the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder would likely play inside for UNC.

Keith Washington: Originally, Washington was scheduled to officially visit UNC this past weekend. However, with Prattville (Ala.) facing Hoover (Ala.) for the AHSAA Class 7A Title on Wednesday, the staff and Washington mutually agreed to move back the visit a weekend. This will be the 6-foot-1, 161-pounder’s second official visit – the former Duke pledge previously officially visited California back in October. The remainder of Washington’s official visit slate is clean, but he has discussed dates with Kentucky, LSU, and Missouri. Though he quarterbacked Prattville, UNC – like most schools – plans to convert him to cornerback.

Ty’Son Williams: Though he’s been verbally committed to UNC since July and signed an ASA in August, the four-star running back took a “secret” official visit to Wisconsin in mid-November. While the staff is confident that the Sumter (S.C.) Crestwood product will indeed enroll at UNC in January, this weekend’s official visit – as well as Monday’s in-home with Larry Fedora – may be needed to seal the deal. UNC has a deep and talented running back depth chart, but the 2014 season proved that you can never have too many quality running backs. Thus, UNC hopes to have the No. 33 ranked RB practicing this spring.

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