Emezie Aiming For UNC Offer

Emeka Emezie is hoping for an offer from his home state school.

WAXHAW, N.C. --- Seven schools have offered 2017 wide receiver Emeka Emezie, including five from Power 5 conferences. Despite camping at North Carolina twice this summer, the Tar Heels aren’t among that crowd.

“I don’t know really why,” Emezie said. “During the camp, [Gunter Brewer] was excited with what I did. I ran an alright 40 and then I did pretty well in one-on-ones.”

Boston College, Charlotte, Kentucky, Miami, Old Dominion, Wake Forest, and West Virginia are the schools that have offered Emezie, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver. The Marvin Ridge product is also receiving significant interest from Florida State, Notre Dame, and Tennessee.

After camping at UNC on June 8, Emezie returned to Chapel Hill eleven days later to watch that afternoon’s camp and spend time with the Tar Heels’ coaching staff, specifically Brewer. He then re-camped at the school a month later where he shaved more than a tenth of a second (down to 4.63 seconds) off his 40-yard dash time.

At both camps, Emezie worked out under the tutelage of Brewer, who coaches UNC’s wide receivers in addition to serving as Emezie’s area recruiter.

“He really knows what he’s talking about,” Emezie said. “He helped me a lot with my route running – I picked up a couple tips from that. The way certain routes should be ran, he’s really helped me with that. I feel like I’ll be able to use that in games.”

And that’s exactly what happened on Friday when Marvin Ridge opened the 2015 season. Emezie pulled in a game-high seven receptions for 92 yards. Among his catches was an impressive one-handed touchdown grab to give the Mavericks the lead heading into halftime.

“The [cornerback] was playing me inside, so I made an inside release move and made him think I was doing a slant,” Emezie said. “And he bit on it. And when I was fading, he kind of grabbed onto my left hand and I just kind of left it out. And we do one-hand drills all the time, so it was an easy catch for me.”

Just as important as his thoughts on Brewer’s knowledge is how Emezie meshes with Brewer’s coaching style.

“He’s coached a lot of greats and I want to be great,” Emezie said. “And I love his personality. I feel like he could be like a father figure.”

Despite the lack of an offer, Emezie includes UNC within his top four schools group. Miami, Notre Dame, and Tennessee complete the quartet.

“I like those schools a lot,” Emezie said. “So they’re my top four, as of now. Things could change – it just depends.

“Those are great programs. And it’s not just only football – I feel like I could definitely live in those towns and have fun there.”

If/when UNC offers, it could alter Emezie’s recruitment.

“They definitely would boost up to the top,” Emezie said. “That’s because it’s home, I like it around the campus, and I love the color. It’s a great school. And Coach Brewer, he knows what he’s doing.”

Emezie was supposed to camp at the two other non-offering members of his top four list, Notre Dame and Tennessee, and perhaps earn an offer. But, proximity kept him from attending either camp.

This fall, Emezie’s goal is to visit – or revisit in UNC’s case – each member of his top four. However, no plans have been established.


Inside Carolina Top Stories