UNC in Lead Group for Pass

BUFORD, Ga. --- Jawon Pass made a four-day visit to North Carolina earlier this month. The experience has put UNC in a great position with the four-star quarterback.

“It gave me a better feel for what it’s like up there,” said Pass, who has visited Chapel Hill twice previously. “They’re up there [in my mind] – they’re in the top.”

Pass, a 6-foot-5, 205-pounder from Columbus (Ga.) Carver, clarified that UNC wasn’t the “top” school, but is within his current top five schools list. Alabama, Auburn, Louisville, and Virginia Tech round out the remainder of his leading quintet.

“Those are the schools that I really like right now,” Pass said. “I like the coaches and the campuses.”

Pass, who doesn’t have any future recruiting trips scheduled, is eying a summer verbal commitment.

“I’m looking for the place I feel the most at home at,” Pass said.

UNC might be able to deliver that home feeling in the form of teammate and close friend Javontay Smith. Smith has been verbally committed to UNC since November. Pass says Smith’s presence on the Tar Heels’ commitment list has helped UNC’s chances.

“We’re going to see what happens,” Pass said. “That’s the plan - to continue to play together.”

Pass’s lengthy visit to UNC earlier this month began on March 5. After using that first day to rest from the eight-hour road trip, Pass, his mother, one of his coaches, and Smith spent all day on campus the following day.

“Mainly, it was just a day for my mom to get to see the campus, because I had already seen it,” Pass said. “So we just showed her around [and] showed her everything.

“She loved it. She loved everything about it – the coaches, everything.”

Also that day, Pass met individually with Larry Fedora and quarterback coach Keith Heckendorf.

“Basically it was the same stuff – they want me to come there,” Pass said. “They said it’s more than about football there – it’s about growing as a man.”

The next day was UNC’s exclusive junior day. About two dozen of the Tar Heels’ top targets were invited and then treated to an itinerary dissimilar to most junior days around the nation.

“[The coaches] were smart,” Pass said. “There were a lot of [activities] that I really didn’t expect. That just shows how much [the coaches] care about us. They set it up nice. I enjoyed it.

Among the events was a corn hole tournament. Pass was paired with J.T. Cauthen, a wide receiver who was the lone 2017 prospect in attendance. The duo lasted until the semifinals.

“It was just a blessing to be in there,” Pass said. “Some people were willing to pay to get in there, but couldn’t get in. But we got in there free. It was fun.”

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