Chizik Excites Stallings

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. --- Four-star safety Isaiah Stallings returned to North Carolina for the Tar Heels’ Junior Day. The event allowed him to meet Gene Chizik, UNC’s defensive coordinator, for the first time.

“The last time I went there he wasn’t there,” the 6-foot-3, 193-pounder from Fayetteville (N.C.) Sanford said. “I was pretty excited about what he was saying.”

Adding to Chizik’s positive first impression, Stallings spoke with Chizik – and new area recruiter John Papuchis – over the phone a week later.

“He said that he wants to keep the best players in-state, in-state,” Stallings said. “He says that he has a really good plan for North Carolina’s defense coming up. He wants me to come up to a spring practice so that I can see the new defense and we can talk more.”

Besides meeting Chizik and Papuchis and touring the football facilities, Stallings’s UNC Junior Day experience included his first live Tar Heel basketball game. Growing up, Stallings was a big UNC basketball fan.

“It was a good game,” Stallings said. “The atmosphere is crazy. Their fans are dedicated – everyone was there and it was packed.”

With the recent addition of Wake Forest, Stallings is up to eight scholarship offers. Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Southern, UNC, NC State, and Old Dominion are the seven other schools to have offered.

“Right now, everything is pretty neutral,” Stallings said. “This spring once I start looking at more schools in-depth, I’ll start narrowing down my list.”

Stallings says he will focus on how he fits into the team and his relationship with the coaching staff. He’s also looking for a good sports medicine program.

Besides UNC, Stallings has also made recent visits to NC State and Wake Forest. He said he hopes to visit every offering school in the coming months.

Stallings ended his junior season with 64 tackles, four interceptions, and three pass breakups.

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