As planned, Ben Wyatt attended North Carolina’s home opener on Saturday. The long snapper will use the experience to help make his collegiate decision.
“The visit was great,” Wyatt said. “I was not only able to experience the pregame and players, but I was able to see the people I’ll be around. It was awesome to see how real they were on game day.
“And the students there and just the energy around UNC football, that really was impressive. The atmosphere was great. Even with the rain forecast, the student turnout was great. There was just a great vibe around UNC football. I was surprised by how many people were really there, because of the forecast. It ended up being a good amount of people. I was really impressed with that.”
Wyatt, a 6-foot-1, 236-pounder from Concord (N.C.) Cannon, can now see the light at the end of his recruiting tunnel.
“I’m starting to move closer to my decision,” Wyatt said. “It will probably be fairly soon.”
To Wyatt, “fairly soon” means it could be as soon as this week or as late as a few weeks from now.
Wyatt has narrowed his focus to UNC, Duke, and Stanford. Of those schools, only UNC has offered a scholarship. Duke, on the other hand, has granted him a preferred walk-on opportunity.
“Right now, I’m just kind of thinking about the different schools,” Wyatt said. “I’m looking at how I feel, because I know all three programs are great and the coaches are great. I’ve just got to see where I feel I fit the best.”
Wyatt is scheduled to attend the Duke-Northwestern game in Durham this coming Saturday.
After taking the ACT Saturday morning, Wyatt departed for Chapel Hill. He reached UNC at about 4:30 and stayed for the Tar Heels’ entire 53-14 victory.
“I just enjoyed the game,” Wyatt said. “And then when they go on special teams, I just see how they play. They have a good snapper, good holder, good kicker, and good punter.”
During pregame warm-ups, Wyatt spoke on the sidelines with Jonathan Rutledge, UNC’s special teams graduate assistant.
“We were just talking about different things about the specialists,” Wyatt said. “He brought up again that they really need me. It was great to speak with him again.”
After the game, Wyatt spent time in UNC’s locker room where he spoke briefly with Chris Kapilovic, who recruits Concord for the Tar Heels.
“He just talked about how the game went,” Wyatt said. “Even though it was a blow out, he said there are still some things to work on. He just hoped that I enjoyed the game.”