At the last possible moment, Virginia Tech verbal commitment Myles Wolfolk decided to officially visit North Carolina this past weekend.
“It kind of just happened,” the 6-foot-1, 175-pound defensive back from Upper Marlboro (Md.) Wise said. “We realized Thursday night that this was the last game experience type thing we’d be able to get to. So Coach [Charlton] Warren thought it would be best for us to come up to the game. So we kind of just decided, ‘You know what, we’re just going to go right after our game on Friday night.’ But it didn’t get finalized until Friday.”
Outside of a lack of sleep, the rushed visit didn’t diminish Wolfolk’s UNC experience.
“It’s a good place to be,” Wolfolk said. “And it’s making me think twice.”
Originally, Wolfolk verbally committed to Virginia Tech late last December. When Frank Beamer announced his retirement, though, Wolfolk decided to explore his options.
“I’m still committed to Virginia Tech,” Wolfolk said. “I just want to make sure that I like the coaches, I like what’s going on with the program, I like who’s coming in. I don’t want to go in blindly.
“I do love Virginia Tech. I didn’t commit to the school just because of the coaches. It was more about I’m not too far from my family, the school is great, I know a few people there. I’m not going to de-commit from Virginia Tech, because it’s still a good place to be.”
Regardless, Wolfolk aims to take all five of his official visits. UNC has obviously claimed one of those slots. No other trips have been scheduled, but Virginia Tech and Wisconsin are two likely destinations.
“My eyes are open to anybody that’s coming my way,” Wolfolk said. “Anybody that talks to me, I’m doing my research. I want to know where the best fit is for me.”
Wolfolk hopes to continue with his plans to enroll in college in January. However, if he’s not 100-percent set on a school, he’ll take his recruitment beyond early enrollment deadlines.
After helping Wise end the regular season undefeated with a 40-0 victory over Forestville (Md.) Suitland on Friday, Wolfolk left for UNC. The late departure coupled with unexpectedly bad traffic slowed his arrival to 4am – just enough time for roughly four hours of sleep before beginning his official visit itinerary.
The focus Saturday was UNC’s rivalry game with Duke. Wolfolk wasn’t new to Kenan Stadium – he attended the Tar Heels’ loss to Virginia Tech a year ago.
“When I went there the first time, the fans were into the game,” Wolfolk said. “So the fan base was the same. But I felt like the team was more into the game [on Saturday]. I felt like they were more intense coming out and they just played hard.”
As such, UNC routed Duke, 66-31, to remain undefeated in ACC play. Following the game, Wolfolk, the UNC coaches, and a few players celebrated with dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.
“It was amazing,” Wolfolk said. “I had never been there before. The food was great.”
Afterwards, Wolfolk enjoyed the on-campus homecoming festivities with Caleb Samuel, a red-shirt freshman whose career ended prematurely earlier this season.
“I really enjoyed [the campus life],” Wolfolk said. “It’s not too big of a campus, but it’s not too small. Like, you can get around and you’ll see new people from different places.”
Sunday was devoted exclusively to UNC’s coaches. After speaking briefly with defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, Wolfolk met extensively with Warren, who coaches UNC’s secondary.
“[Warren] talked about how they work their defense, how I fit in, and why he sees me being an impact player for North Carolina,” Wolfolk said. “He likes my versatility and he could see me playing anywhere in the secondary. If I were to go there, I would just prepare myself for whatever position he wants me to play.”
For Wise, Wolfolk plays cornerback where he has tallied 25 tackles, five interceptions, and three pass deflections in ten games. He also leads the team in receiving (29 catches for 567 yards and eight touchdowns).
“I like the fact that [UNC] believes that I’m that versatile to come in and play different positions,” Wolfolk said. “The position, I really don’t care honestly. My goal was to become a college football player and get on the field. If they need me on the field at a position that I’ve never played before, shoot, I’m going to do it.”
Wolfolk’s stay concluded with the customary meeting with Larry Fedora.
“Mainly, he talked about how he prepares his players,” Wolfolk said. “He prepares his players on the field and off the field. He really takes pride in being a student first and then a man and then an athlete. He already knows they have the facilities, they have the environment, they have the coaching to get us better on the field. But he wants us to make sure we’re making good decisions off the field and doing what we’re supposed to do to become a better man.”