A lot was accomplished during Gene Chizik’s mid-week, in-home visit with K.J. Sails.
First, Chizik offered Sails, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound defensive back from Gibsonville (Fla.) East Bay.
“He told me that he wanted me and then he just offered me,” Sails said. “He likes me as a corner. He mentioned that they have a spot for one more DB.”
Second, Chizik, who was born in Clearwater, was able to convince Sails to bump his official trip to Maryland this coming weekend in favor of an official visit to UNC.
Having camped at UNC last summer, Sails’s focus this weekend is seeing the academic side of the school.
“I want to get a feel for the school,” Sails said. “I want to learn about what I want to study in sports broadcasting.”
As a senior, Sails played all over the field for East Bay, including every defensive back position. He ended the 2015 season with 27 tackles, two interceptions, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and five blocked kicks. He also led the team in receiving (21 catches for 344 yards and three touchdowns), and averaged 34.3 yards on 10 kick returns and 15.5 yards on 11 punt returns.
Although UNC has numerous Floridians on roster or committed, the Tar Heel who is closest to Sails is actually a Canadian, who attends high school in Virginia. As a Rutgers pledge, Patrice Rene struck up a relationship with Sails through Twitter.
“I actually talked to him [Tuesday] and [Wednesday],” Sails said. “He was doing a little recruiting for North Carolina.”
Last weekend, Sails officially visited Cincinnati. He also took September official trips to Iowa and Wisconsin, but he’s no longer considering the two Big Ten schools.
“I’m taking all [five] of my official visits,” Sails said. “I don’t know where I’ll go for that fifth at the moment – I’m looking at Maryland, NC State, and a couple of other schools.”
A week ago, Sails announced a finalist list consisting of Cincinnati, Maryland, Rutgers, South Florida, and West Virginia. He says that listing can now be trashed, since his recruitment is in flux.
Sails does still plan on committing on National Signing Day.