Heels Holding Onto Lead For Leota

Pete Leota is slowing down the process to take his time with his recruitment. Between now and decision time, UNC will be tasked with defending its position atop the leaderboard.

RANDLEMAN, N.C. --- Since anointing North Carolina his leader following Fedora’s Freak Show, Pete Leota seemed to be backing off that position with each subsequent interview. The 6-foot-4, 314-pound offensive lineman says perception isn’t reality.

“They’re still my leader, but I’ve got to go see these other schools,” Leota said.

Specifically, Leota has to see the remaining members of his top three schools list, South Carolina and Virginia Tech, again. The Asheville lineman is schedule to return to Columbia this Friday for the Gamecocks’ “Pool Party.”

Leota also camped at both Georgia and Auburn this past weekend. If either performance yields a scholarship offer, it will alter his recruitment.

“It changes things a lot, because I’ve been a fan of Georgia for a long time,” Leota said. “It would just expand my list to a top five. I think Carolina would still be No.1, though.”

Leota credits his relationship with Chris Kapilovic for UNC’s ability to remain atop his favorite list.

“We try to talk everyday [on Twitter],” Leota said. “And then he wants me to call every week from now on. He just talks to me about the school, how he wants my parents to come up there, and then he talks to me about the scandal and how it’s not going to be affecting them.”

UNC’s battle to stay atop the mountain will last longer than once anticipated.

“My family told me to take my time,” Leota said. “They don’t want me to commit so early.”

Thus, Leota, who once considered a late July commitment, will take his recruitment into the football season. Additionally, he’ll take most – if not all – of his allotted official visits.

Leota says he wants to get back to UNC as soon as possible to not only fully explore the academic side of the school with his grandparents, but to also get his parents on campus for the first time. Getting his parents on campus is something that both UNC and Leota’s parents have requested.

Leota is unsure when his parents, who have not attended any recruiting trips, will visit UNC. But he’s hopeful the trip will take place by the end of the summer.

“If my parents like it, I like it,” Leota said.

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