Elder Eying Return to UNC

BUFORD, Ga. --- Luke Elder has made three visits to North Carolina, which has contributed to his favorable feelings towards the Tar Heels.

“They were the first to really show a lot of interest, as far as big-time schools – I always liked that about them,” Elder said. “Getting to meet with Coach Kap [Chris Kapilovic] as much as I have and build that relationship has been great. Sitting down with Coach [Larry] Fedora and hearing how interested they really are is always great to hear.

“The only thing is just the distance in trying to get back up there to see a practice. It’s been hard to find time to do that. I’ve wanted to do that. So I just have been on the phone with Coach Kap.”

Elder, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive lineman from LaGrange (Ga.) High, has attended two UNC victories (San Diego State and Pittsburgh) and then returned in late January for a junior day. He speculates that he’ll be back in Chapel Hill this summer for a camp.

Whether he’s in Chapel Hill or at home, Elder communicates often with Kapilovic, UNC’s offensive line coach.

“He wants me to come play for him,” Elder said. “If he sees me visiting other places, he’ll hit me up on Twitter, ‘You’ll look better in Carolina Blue.’ It’s funny and I always like hearing from him. It shows that he’s keeping up with me and he really wants me there.”

Kapilovic hasn’t discussed exact positions with Elder. Though, Elder expects to play offensive tackle.

While on campus in January, Elder sat down with Fedora.

“He talked about how he’s trying to build his players in three main ways – spiritually, academically, and football,” Elder said. “That’s how they run things around there.”

UNC was the first of Elder’s post-season visits. It was followed by trips to Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, and Alabama. During his spring break this week, he’s resuming his travels with visits to California, Georgia, and Florida State.

“UNC isn’t far behind,” Elder said. “I don’t really have a top list of teams, because so many are so close. But sticking out would be Clemson, Ole Miss, and Tennessee.

“I’d say it’s the atmosphere at Ole Miss and Clemson – I really like how they do things, how the coaches are, how the school is set up, and they both have my major, which is either business or engineering. And the thing about North Carolina is they have a very good business school – I like that a lot. At Tennessee, I got to finally meet and talk with Coach [Don] Mahoney and I liked him.”

The four aforementioned schools are among the 16 to have offered Elder. He also has collected offers from Florida State and Georgia Tech.

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