CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- The North Carolina coaching staff is working hard to improve its position in the race for Diondre Overton, which is looking more like a marathon than a sprint.
“Carolina, they want me to get back up there for the Freak Show,” Overton said. “And also, they want me to stay the night to see how the team and how the environment is down there.”
Overton, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound wide receiver from Greensboro (N.C.) Page, hasn’t visited UNC since a late January junior day. His absence on campus isn’t for a lack of invitation. He was invited to the Tar Heels’ early March junior day, the one held in conjunction with the UNC-Duke basketball game. Missing a chance to see the Tobacco Road Rivalry live is shocking considering Overton is an admitted UNC basketball fan.
“I forgot what I was doing that day, honestly,” Overton said. “But I know I was busy and I talked to Coach [Chris Kapilovic] about it. I think it was a last minute thing and it was difficult missing [the junior day].”
Kapilovic has teamed up with fellow UNC assistant Gunter Brewer to recruit Overton. Greensboro is located within Kapilovic’s in-state recruiting territory, but it was Brewer, the Tar Heels’ receivers coach, who visited Page High School last week.
“They are just trying to do everything they can just to get me down there,” Overton said. “They feel like I can be a big part of their program. They’re just recruiting me pretty hard.”
Overton did admit that a return to UNC might be needed to rekindle his childhood feelings for the school.
“It’s not like Carolina has fallen off or anything,” Overton said. “I just have to get back down there.”
At the very least, Clemson and Tennessee have a lead on UNC.
“It’s not necessarily a top group – it’s some that are showing a lot of interest,” Overton said. “Clemson and Tennessee aren’t really the favorites – it’s just that I’ve visited them multiple times. And it’s the amount of interest and the amount of love that they’re showing.”
The interest is certainly mutual.
“It’s just the atmosphere and the whole environment,” Overton said. “And the whole way I could fit into their offense. I’m talking to all the coaches seeing where I could fit in.”
Overton blames a constantly growing offer list for his inability to gain a grasp on his recruitment and proclaim a solid group of favorites.
“I’m just grateful to have these offers,” Overton said. “When I get new offers, it opens up new doors, especially with new conferences. I just have to manage it. I definitely plan on visiting multiple schools to see what’s the best fit for me.”
Boston College, Michigan, and Nebraska are some of the schools Overton hopes to visit for the first time this summer.
Overton is unsure when he’ll make his collegiate decision – or even name an official list of favorites. He anticipates his recruitment will go into the season and likely beyond.
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