Allen Cater concluded his North Carolina official visit on Sunday by meeting consecutively with Gene Chizik and Larry Fedora. Both Tar Heel coaches shared a similar assumption about Cater.
“They told me that they want me to make the move,” Cater said. “They don’t want me to feel pressure, but at the end of the day it is a business. They told me that they aren’t mad at me about taking this [South Carolina] visit, but they wanted me to make sure that I go about the process right and whatever I do I’m 100-percent happy about it.
“But, they feel like they already got me.”
Cater, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Kennesaw (Ga.) Mt. Paran Christian, was ambiguous on whether Chizik’s and Fedora’s assumption was correct.
“I have another visit still planned,” Cater said in reference to this weekend’s official visit to South Carolina. “I’m still trying to weigh out all my options. I think the thing is for me is being able to say that’s where I want to be.”
Cater was willing to say that UNC – along with Arkansas, which he officially visited in December, and South Carolina – is in his top three schools.
“I definitely feel like I have a good relationship with the coaches – definitely with Coach [Tray] Scott,” Cater said. “He’s a great coach and a better man. I have definitely a lot to learn from him.”
Although he has a top three, Cater is leaving the door open for newcomers to enter the mix.
Cater’s next recruiting objective is narrowing his focus to two schools. He’s unsure when exactly that will occur, but since he’s facing a week of in-home visits he’s likely a week away from that happening – at the earliest.
On either Monday or Tuesday, Cater will host South Carolina. On Wednesday, Fedora and Scott will go in-home with Cater. Lastly, Arkansas is scheduled to visit him on Thursday.
Cater hopes to have his collegiate decision made a week before Signing Day. But, he won’t go public until Feb. 3.
Accompanied by his parents, Cater arrived in Chapel Hill on Friday between 9 and 10 p.m. The following day, they attended UNC’s basketball win over NC State.
“That was definitely fun seeing the atmosphere,” Cater said. “It gives you a good idea of what [football] game day would be like.”
Later that evening, Cater met with Scott, UNC’s defensive line coach who also serves as Cater’s primary recruiter.
“Coach Scott and I laid some things down and talked about the basics of how he would start of teaching the D-line,” Cater said. “I was in there for a while.”
Sunday began with Cater and his parents touring UNC’s campus with a focus on the business school and football facilities.
“It was by far one of the nicest business centers I’ve ever seen,” Cater said. “The facilities there are really impressive – that was something that stood out to me. And my parents definitely loved it as well.”
Throughout his stay, Cater was hosted by fellow defensive end Dajuan Drennon.
“He didn’t really pressure me to do anything,” Cater said. “We pretty much just hung out and he showed me what it was like to be a Tar Heel for 48 hours. The only message that he really gave to me was to make sure whatever I do was best for me – don’t feel pressured to do anything.”