First, the 5-foot-11, 201-pound wide receiver was impressed by Gunter Brewer’s résumé. Brewer, UNC’s wide receivers coach, lists Randy Moss, Dez Bryant, and Justin Blackmon among his protégés.
“That shows me that he really does a good job of coaching his players,” Wharton said. “I know I’m going to be coached up and prepared for the next level. All of them being big time players in the league, it shows that he doesn’t just get them ready on the field but off the field as well.”
Wharton is a communications major at Tennessee. Thus, he explored that department over the weekend.
“I went over and saw the journalism broadcasting station and saw what they do over there,” Wharton said. “It really impressed me with what they showed me. They win nationals almost every year. It was something that really interests me.
“The coaches, they said they’re really on [the players’] academics. I liked to hear that, just because if you get a degree from North Carolina you’re pretty much set.”
Last but not least, Wharton was excited by how UNC plans to utilize him within its no-huddle, one-back spread offense.
“[Brewer] showed me what they do with Ryan Switzer through film and told me that that’s what I’d be doing as well,” Wharton said. “He said I can do a lot of the same things that Ryan can do.”
Wharton spent the most time with Brewer, but his stay also included a lengthy meeting with Larry Fedora.
“[Fedora] told me that they brought me down not just to see what I can do, but because they want me there,” Wharton said. “That was good to hear.
“And then Coach Fedora was talking about how it was a family program and how they care about us off the field, as well. They want us to be successful in life.”
Although he heard plenty of positives over the weekend, Wharton isn’t prepared to make a decision or even anoint a leader.
“I’ve got to sit down with my parents and see what I think the best fit is,” Wharton said. “I just want to go ahead and visit the rest of the schools and see how everything goes from there.”
The weekend prior to his UNC official, Wharton officially visited California. He’s tentatively scheduled to visit Washington State the weekend of March 7. Additionally, he has had discussed possible official visit dates with Utah.
“I’m trying to make [a decision] pretty soon, just to get it out of the way,” Wharton said. “If I end up taking five [official] visits, it will be after the five. If it’s only four, then after the four.”
Wherever he ends up, Wharton’s goal is to enroll in the first summer semester.
Wharton signed with Tennessee a year ago and then played nine games (two starts) this past season catching five passes for 64 yards and a touchdown.
When asked why he had decided to transfer from Tennessee, Wharton declined comment.
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