CLIFTON, Va. --- The scholarship offer count of Tahj Capehart entered double digits in late March when North Carolina offered the 2017 athlete from Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes.
“My mom is from North Carolina – my mom and my family – so UNC is a good offer for me,” Capehart said. “She’s a Tar Heel fan and from the Durham/Raleigh area.”
Ten schools have offered Capehart. In addition to UNC, the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder has collected offers from Arizona State, NC State, Ohio State, Texas Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin.
Last July, Capehart visited UNC as part of Ocean Lakes’s participation in the Beast of the Hill, the Tar Heels’ 7-on-7 passing tournament.
“I didn’t get to actually look at everything at North Carolina,” Capehart said. “I did go to [Kenan] Stadium and their practice facilities, though. I definitely liked the blue – there’s a lot of blue around there.”
Capehart and his Ocean Lakes teammates Eric Crosby and Khalan Laborn – all of which are 2017 prospects recently offered by UNC – are working on the details for a more in-depth summer visit to UNC.
“We’re trying to get everything together,” Capehart said. “We play on a seven-on-seven team, the Thoroughbreds. We have that and then our own school stuff.”
In addition to UNC, Capehart, who has only visited in-state schools Virginia and Virginia Tech, hopes to visit NC State, Ohio State, and Tennessee this summer.
Most of Capehart’s UNC knowledge comes from what he’s seen on television.
“I’ve watched their offense,” Capehart said. “They run the ball, but they throw it out there a couple of times. I really like that about their offense. Their quarterback is mobile, so I can definitely get open for a quarterback if he runs out of the pocket.”
Despite his positive UNC remarks, Capehart doesn’t claim any favorite schools.
“Right now, I’m just trying to stay focused on my high school work,” Capehart said. “Eventually, everything will fall into place.”
Larry Porter, who recently took over recruiting the Tidewater Area for UNC, is the Tar Heel coach that Capehart often communicates with.
“He said I could definitely be a playmaker for them,” Capehart said. “He wants me to see if I can play both sides when I go down there, because I do a little DB too.”
Since Ocean Lakes boasted a pair of future ACC cornerbacks in T.J. Griffin and five-star Levonta Taylor, Capehart’s defensive reps were limited in 2014. Capehart did, however, catch 24 passes for 700 yards and 11 touchdowns last fall. Now that Griffin is off to Virginia, Capehart will be paired with Taylor, a Florida State pledge, this season while continuing to pursue his offensive prowess.
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