Veal to Enroll Early

Enrolling early has been an objective for North Carolina pledge Mason Veal for quite some time. He learned that he’d be able to actually achieve that goal during this weekend’s official visit.

“It’s a done deal,” the 6-foot-6, 291-pound offensive lineman from Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell said. “I’ll be there Jan. 7. I actually got the paperwork [on Sunday], so I’ve got to work on that. I’m working on housing.

“It’s good, I’m excited that I’ll be here. But at the same time, it’s a month away [Sunday], so it’s kind of nerve racking.”

Per NCAA rules, colleges have to stay under the scholarship limit year round – not just during the football season. Thus, for each new player that enrolls in January, one must come off scholarship in December (e.g. graduate, leave early for the NFL, etc.).

“[UNC] was such a senior light team, they were just making sure they would have enough scholarships for me to enroll in January,” Veal said.

Veal has made countless unofficial visits to UNC. However, his official visit still offered a new experience.

“I’ve been through Kenan and I’ve done a lot of the touring stuff,” Veal said. “But [this time], the biggest thing was I got to be around the guys that are going to be my teammates in a month and see who I’m going to be living with and who I’m going to spending a lot of time with, which was really good.”

Specifically, Veal spent a lot of time with fellow Charlotte offensive lineman Bentley Span, who served as his player host.

“That was great,” Veal said. “He hosted once before when I came here. It was just great to be around him. He has some offensive linemen that are roommates, so I got to hang out with them and familiarize myself with them.”

Veal has started at left tackle for Ardrey Kell the past three seasons. However, his exact position at UNC has yet to be determined.

“I’m just going to come in and keep working and see where it goes,” Veal said.

Veal received a detailed look at what that work actually entailed during a film sessions with Chris Kapilovic, UNC’s offensive line coach.

“It was just so I could get a feel for the technique and what it’s going to be like when I get here,” Veal said. “Luckily, it’s very similar to how we do things at [Ardrey Kell]. But now, I kind of know what’s coming.”

Veal’s stay also included plenty of time with primary recruiter Gunter Brewer, as well as a meeting with Larry Fedora

“[Fedora] just wanted to set my expectations and let me know that they have high expectations for me coming in,” Veal said. “And they expect me to have high expectations for myself. They know that my next four years could be really special here and I’m excited for it.”

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