UNC on Stallings’s Bubble

Isaiah Stallings will announce his list of favorite schools by the end of the summer. A summer visit to UNC will make or break the Tar Heels.

RANDLEMAN, N.C. --- While most recruits possess a firm favorite schools list – if not having already made a commitment to a program – Isaiah Stallings remains wide open.

“I can’t really start to like a group of schools more until I see all the schools,” Stallings said. “Once I see all the schools, I can start cutting schools out and separating schools out.”

Stallings’s summer has been focused on his high school football and basketball teams. Duke and South Carolina are the only schools the 6-foot-4, 204-pound safety from Fayetteville (N.C.) Sanford has visited.

However, by the end of the summer, Stallings plans to visit Ole Miss, plus revisiting each of the in-state programs. Before his senior football season kicks off, he figures to announce a group of favorite schools.

Heading into the remainder of Stallings’s summer visits, UNC is a bubble team.

“When I come out with my top five, they’ll probably be either fifth or sixth,” Stallings said.

With that said, Stallings’s upcoming UNC visit will be crucial to the Tar Heels’ chances.

“I really want to just sit down and talk more football and how things would play out if I go there,” Stallings said. “I’ve seen all the facilities, so I really don’t need to do that. So I just want to sit down and have an actual talk with them – that’s all.”

Stallings also wants to lay the foundation for a strong relationship with Charlton Warren, UNC’s defensive backs coach. Much of Stallings contact with UNC has been through John Papuchis, who recruits Fayetteville for the Tar Heels, and Gene Chizik.

“They just tell me how bad they want me,” Stallings said. “And they’re just checking up on me to see how I’m doing. They just want to make sure they’re keeping in touch with me.”

UNC sees Stallings as a versatile safety with a high upside.

“They said they like the fact that I’m a big physical dude and that I can come in and play that position for them very well,” Stallings said.

Stallings doesn’t have a date set for his UNC visit.

“I think I’m going to visit them pretty soon,” Stallings said. “But they’re still in the mix. Everybody is still in the mix until I start to narrow down my list.”

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