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Rontavius Groves Scheduling UNC Official Visit

Rontavius Groves is working on finalizing a date for a return trip to Chapel Hill

Rontavius Groves says he speaks with Gunter Brewer, North Carolina’s wide receivers coach, “all the time.”

“He talks about how I could come in and fill up [Ryan] Switzer’s spot,” Groves said. “All I have to do is come in and battle for it to get it.”

Groves, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete from Nashville (Tenn.) Pearl-Cohn, has yet to see Switzer, UNC’s star A-back, play in person. But, his television was tuned to ESPN2 at 11am (noon EST) on Saturday to witness Switzer’s 210 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns as UNC routed Illinois.

“I love it,” Groves said. “I feel like I can come in and do the exact same thing.”

An injured hamstring has limited Groves from having similar outputs for Pearl-Cohn. The injury forced him to miss the past three games. In less than two games of action, he has caught a dozen passes for over 200 yards and three touchdowns.

Groves, who attended UNC’s July camp as a spectator, is finalizing details to see Switzer and the Tar Heels in person. He's discussed with Brewer a Nov. 7 official visit. The Tar Heels host rival Duke and are holding their Homecoming that day.

“I just want to get a feel for the campus, the students, and everyone around,” Groves said. “I would also like to talk with the coaches and get a little more in-depth about how I’ll be used on the offense.”

Groves is also putting the finishing touches on an official visit with West Virginia for when the Mountaineers play Oklahoma State on Oct. 10.

The two aforementioned programs share the lead for Groves.

“I like their offense and their receiver coaches, I have a great relationship with them,” Groves said. “And I feel like I can go to both of those schools and get a lot of playing time early.”

UNC and West Virginia aren't slated to be Groves's only official visits, though. He plans to take all five of his allotted trips. However, he hasn’t identified specific destinations.

In addition to his co-leaders, Groves communicates regularly with Oklahoma, UCLA, and Vanderbilt.

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