Signee Quotables: Recruitment Memories

After sending in their National Letter of Intent to the Kenan Football Center on Wednesday, the Tar Heel signees spoke with Inside Carolina to reflect on memorable anecdotes from the recruiting process ...

What's a memorable anecdote that stands out to you from your recruitment?

Jake Bargas
“When I was on my recruiting trip to North Carolina, we were walking past one of the players’ lounges and I spotted a ping-pong table. Coach [Seth] Littrell looked at me and wanted to play me. So, we played and he ended up beating me, 21-19. It was fun competing with my future coach.”

Corey Bell
“At the end of my sophomore and into my junior year, I had trouble deciding between Duke and NC State. They were always my favorite schools. I think it was my parents, they had told me, ‘You need to research all the schools that have offered you to see if you like it.’ … We gave [UNC] another chance and I’m signing with them.”

Aaron Crawford
“My last in-home visit, I got my trainer [and former UNC player Eddie Mason] to come down, too. It was kind of cool seeing the interaction between him and Coach [Keith] Gilmore and Coach [Larry] Fedora and Coach JP [John Papuchis]. It was cool to me, because throughout the recruiting process, he never really pushed UNC onto me, but it worked out that I picked UNC. When I first told him that I committed, I saw his face light up.”

Nathan Elliott
“I went to a visit at Arkansas State and hung out with Coach Heck [Keith Heckendorf]. Literally three days later Coach Heck messages me from North Carolina. It was kind of funny that two days before, he was at Arkansas State [and] trying to get me there and the next time I talked to him, he was wearing Carolina Blue.”

Charlie Heck
“Not many people get to even go on an official visit – let alone have your brother host you. That’s definitely something that I’ll never forget. Now, in just a few months, we’ll be doing that every day – hanging out at school together.”

Mike Hughes
“When I went to Florida on my official [visit]. The head coach got fired while I was there. It was shocking. It changed my mind a lot, because I had a really good relationship with Coach [Will] Muschamp. At the moment, I really didn’t know what to think. But the [Florida] coaches, they were very open about it.”

Nick Polino
“The most memorable thing was the day after I committed, my parents and I were going to get something to eat on Franklin Street the next morning. When we were walking into some of the shops, held doors for me and knew who I was and where I was from. They’d say, ‘Welcome to Chapel Hill’ [and] ‘We’re glad to have you.’ The fan base was already recognizing me eight hours after I had committed.”

Johnathan Sutton
“I really liked meeting Coach [Gene] Chizik for the first time. It was great just to get to talk to the coach that’s going to be coaching me. It was great to see the respect he has for the student athlete.

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