Eighteen schools have offered Fries, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound offensive lineman from Cranford (N.J.). Clemson, Duke, Maryland, Northwestern, Penn State, Rutgers, and South Carolina are a sampling of the schools that have offered.
After playing guard as a sophomore, Fries started at right tackle during the 2014 season. He says schools – including UNC – expect him to remain at tackle on the collegiate level.
Fries’s UNC visit on Sunday was a part of a three-school ACC tour. He visited Duke on Saturday and will travel to Virginia on Monday.
“[UNC] has been showing interest in me,” Fries said. “I know it’s a great educational school. So I felt I needed to check it out.”
Previously, Fries has visited Maryland, Penn State, and Rutgers.
Fries wants to take more visits before naming a list of favorite schools. He’s in the process of scheduling trips to Clemson and Northwestern.
Fries’s UNC stay included a meeting with Larry Fedora, as well as plenty of interaction with Seth Littrell, who recruits New Jersey for the Tar Heels, and Kapilovic, UNC’s offensive line coach.
“I sat down and had a long talk with Coach Kap about North Carolina and where he’s at with me,” Fries said.
Additionally, Fries received a full campus tour.
“The facilities are wonderful,” Fries said. “The whole campus was really clean and sharp looking. So I really enjoyed it.”
UNC has had success plucking offensive lineman out of New Jersey in recent recruiting classes. Four-star center Tommy Hatton signed with the Tar Heels in February, while John Ferranto is the starting left tackle and Brad Henson is a reserve interior lineman.
“I just know them just from following recruiting,” Fries said. “I know a little bit about each of them, but I’m not close to any of them.”