Colon Meets with Chizik

Christian Colon met with UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik during Saturday’s Junior Day in Chapel Hill.

Colon, a 6-foot-3, 303-pound defensive tackle from Charlotte (N.C.) Independence, sat down with Chizik during the individual position coach meetings portion of the junior day.

“[Chizik and I] went over my film together,” Colon said. “He just kept comparing me to Nick Fairley when he was at Auburn. … He told me how he would use me in their system.”

The junior day was the latest in a long line of trips to UNC for Colon.

“It was different from other [visits to UNC], because we were playing Duke [in basketball],” Colon said with a chuckle. “The atmosphere of the whole game was great and the coaching staff treated us well. The coaching staff always treats us well, but it was just more fun this time [and] there were more activities to get into. We were playing games between the recruits. It was cool.”

Just before returning to Chapel Hill on Saturday, Colon named Penn State and UNC his co-leaders.

“As of right now, if I stay in-state, I’m going to North Carolina,” Colon said. “But if I leave the state, I really don’t know where I’m going to go. I’ll just say North Carolina and Penn State are my leaders.”

Colon says UNC and Penn State remain in a dead heat following Saturday’s visit.

Sixteen schools have offered Colon, including Boston College, Louisville, Maryland, Notre Dame, UNC, NC State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Virginia, Wake Forest, West Virginia, and Vanderbilt. He plans to narrow his focus to five schools and then officially visit all five before making a verbal commitment.

Along with treating its visitors to the UNC-Duke basketball game that night, the Tar Heels coaching staff made quite a production out of Saturday’s junior day.

The group of visiting recruits then broke into groups of two for a corn hole tournament with the victors playing a team of coaches. Colon was paired with fellow Charlotte D-lineman Josh Brown, who is committed to Florida State.

“That was cool, because Josh and I go back,” Colon said.

Following dinner, the junior day attendees went into the team film room.

“We watched a couple of highlights,” Colon said. “They showed us why Carolina was Carolina.”

The junior day activities concluded with the UNC-Duke basketball game.

“The atmosphere and fan base, both were phenomenal,” Colon said.

Colon will take a break from recruiting trips until April 3 when he travels to Maryland. Afterwards, he plans to continue north to Rutgers.


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