CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Dmitri Emmanuel felt like North Carolina delivered a slight taste of autumn to his backyard on Saturday.
“It reminds me of the football season, so it’s exciting,” Emmanuel said while gazing at Rocky River High’s field, which was occupied by UNC’s spring scrimmage. “Coaches doing their stuff and players playing fired up, it’s kind of hyped.”
Emmanuel, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound 2017 offensive lineman, attended Saturday’s scrimmage with his Waxhaw (N.C.) Marvin Ridge teammates Austin Colonna and Emeka Emezie.
“I just wanted to see how college practices are and what UNC is all about,” Emmanuel said. “It looked like a good experience. So I wanted to check it out.”
Since becoming UNC’s head coach, Larry Fedora has scheduled a scrimmage at a Charlotte high school during the spring.
“It’s really convenient, since it’s just down the street,” Emmanuel said. “It gives us an opportunity to come out and see what the players do. I’m glad they continue to come down here to Charlotte.”
The efforts aren’t a one-way street, though. Emmanuel made the trip north to in January to attend the Tar Heels’ Junior Day.
“That was pretty cool,” Emmanuel said. “I want to try to go down there again. I just like the whole feel for the campus. I really like it down there.”
The aforementioned visit was Emmanuel’s first to Chapel Hill since he attended UNC’s thrilling victory over Georgia Tech and left with his first scholarship offer. The junior day visit was much more in-depth than its predecessor. It included detailed looks at the weight room, locker room, and players’ lounge.
“There are great facilities down there,” Emmanuel said. “I like the medical room. The weight room is pretty big. I’m sure [the players] are down there a lot and having fun.”
Before ending the junior day with his first live UNC basketball game, Emmanuel had lunch with Gunter Brewer, who recruits Mecklenburg County for the Tar Heels.
“He just talked to me about the campus,” Emmanuel said. “He told me stuff about the school.”
Outside of the two campus visits, Brewer and Emmanuel have kept in constant contact. Emmanuel has also had a couple conversations with Chris Kapilovic, UNC’s offensive line coach.
“They mostly talk about grades, staying focused, doing well in school and football, and keeping in shape,” Emmanuel said.
Since collecting the UNC offer, Emmanuel has added a second from Old Dominion. He also receives significant interest from Clemson, Notre Dame, Oregon, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
This summer, Emmanuel is considering camping at Clemson, UNC, and Tennessee.
Emmanuel Enjoys UNC Scrimmage
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