A reasonable person could have assumed that when Minnesota pledge Coney Durr received a scholarship offer during his North Carolina official visit over the weekend it would have immediately prompted a commitment switch. But, that wasn’t the case.
Amid an hour-long, Sunday morning meeting with Charlton Warren, UNC’s defensive backs coach, offered Durr, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound cornerback from Geismar (La.) Dutchtown. At the very least, it further complicated a once settled recruitment.
“It’s crazy,” Durr said. “I committed to Minnesota and it’s a great school and everything. But with all different kinds of offers coming, it’s just like having a whole bunch of pretty girls after you. But I committed to Minnesota for a reason. I just have to sit down with my parents and weigh my pros and cons – that’s the biggest thing. But, recruiting has most definitely picked up this month. It’s been pretty crazy.
“I’m still committed to Minnesota. Things could change or things could stay the same, but I can’t promise you anything.”
Further muddling the situation is Virginia Tech. The Hokies staff recently began recruiting Durr. Although it has yet to offer, representatives will visit with Durr on Monday and hope to host him for an official visit this weekend.
The Virginia Tech in-home will be followed by an in-home visit from Warren on Tuesday.
Orbiting between a UNC official visit and a group of impactful in-home visits, Durr’s head is understandably spinning.
“I haven’t sat down with my parents yet and truly discussed the pros and cons,” Durr said. “But, I truly enjoyed myself in Chapel Hill. We’ll see what goes on from here.”
The disoriented state of his recruitment didn’t tarnish Durr’s experience in Chapel Hill this past weekend.
“It was wonderful,” Durr said. “I can’t really say anything bad about it – from the social life to just meeting the students and players. From hanging out with the players throughout the weekend, those are pretty good guys. And the coaches are pretty good guys too. They’re all on the same track – they all want to win a national championship. Big goals have been set for the program.”
Spending time with potentially his future teammates was the highlight of Durr’s experience. He was hosted by fellow defensive back J.K. Britt, but Durr spent an equal amount of time with Jacksonville (Fla.) natives Andre Smith and Dominique Ross. Smith, of course, played as a true freshman for UNC this past season, while Ross is a UNC verbal commitment.
“The big thing, I hung out with the guys,” Durr said. “The guys are pretty good dudes. I enjoyed it.”
On Saturday, Durr and the other official visitors were treated to UNC’s basketball victory over archrival NC State.
“That was probably my greatest sports moment of my life,” Durr said. “I’ve been watching North Carolina since I was old enough to understand basketball. That’s like the heart of college basketball. It was crazy to go on the court and experience the whole thing and take pictures. It was fun.”
Sunday was reserved exclusively for individual time with the UNC coaches. Durr started off with the aforementioned meeting with Warren which resulted in his latest scholarship offer.
“It’s a blessing to receive a scholarship offer from any school,” Durr said. “To receive an offer from a prestigious academic school like North Carolina is an honor. It’s a great opportunity if I chose to take that route.”
While significant, offering took up a small portion of Warren’s meeting with Durr. Warren talked defensive scheme and how Durr fits in to UNC’s recruiting game plan.
“He was telling me that they’re taking one more corner,” Durr said. “They’re taking one more corner and I could be that piece.”
Continuing with the defensive theme, Durr met with Gene Chizik, UNC’s defensive coordinator.
“He feels like I could fit in their scheme real well,” Durr said. “It’s an opportunity that I could possibly take.”
Lastly, Durr had a meeting with Larry Fedora.
“He just talked about what type of person I am and what type of player I am,” Durr said.”And he just said that he’s confident in what he built at UNC. He just wants to build on that and I could be a piece of this class and bring the program to that next level, which means the championship.”