Fresh off his most recent visit to the school, Dmitri Emmanuel, a 2017 offensive guard from Waxhaw (N.C.) Marvin Ridge, considers North Carolina his leader.
“I just like the feel there,” Emmanuel said. “The campus I like a lot. I have the best relationship with the coaches there compared to some other schools that are recruiting me. It’s also a good school to receive an education from.”
In addition to UNC, Emmanuel has collected scholarship offers from Charlotte, Boston College, Old Dominion, and Wake Forest. The 6-foot-2, 317-pounder from Waxhaw (N.C.) Marvin Ridge is also hearing from NC State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Emmanuel has visited UNC previously for a game and a junior day. But Friday marked his first Tar Heel Camp.
“I was trying to get down there to work with [Chris Kapilovic] and see how he coaches,” Emmanuel said.
“I liked him a lot. He’s somewhat a players’ coach, but on the other hand, he’ll correct you and he’ll get on you if you’re not doing the right thing.”
More than anything else, Emmanuel feels Kapilovic, UNC’s offensive line coach, helped him improve his run blocking.
“How I was taught last year at my high school was to extend my arms out,” Emmanuel said. “But when I was at camp, [Kapilovic] told me to keep my arms near my chest and roll my hips and drive my hips more.”
Kapilovic had positive feedback for Emmanuel.
“He said that I had really good feet and good hands,” Emmanuel said.
Emmanuel used those aforementioned physical tools to be among the standouts during one-on-one linemen drills.
“I feel like it’s the best I’ve ever done at a camp,” Emmanuel said. “The Nike Camp prepared me to go up against more advanced kids – like the ones that are being recruited. So I was much more comfortable during one-on-ones at Carolina.”
Gunter Brewer initiated Emmanuel’s recruitment and has been a mainstay. Now, Emmanuel is working to have the same relationship with Kapilovic.
“We’re just trying to build a better relationship right now,” Emmanuel said. “I have a pretty good relationship with Coach Brew. I call him whenever I can. Coach Kap and I are trying to build that relationship right now.”
Emmanuel hopes to return to UNC soon for a better look at the academic side of the school. He also plans to attend the Tar Heels’ grudge match with Duke on Nov. 7.
Additionally, Emmanuel hopes to attend games at Charlotte, NC State, and Tennessee this fall.
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