Zach Quinney kicked off his spring break tour with a bang on Tuesday. During his first stop – North Carolina – he received his latest scholarship offer.
“All the coaches, they were talking to me while I was there and were just trying to get to know me,” Quinney said. “And then I went into Coach [Larry] Fedora’s office towards the end of the visit and he talked to me for a while. Before the end of my meeting with him, he told me I have an offer to play at North Carolina.”
Quinney, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound offensive tackle from Savannah (Ga.) Christian, now has 15 scholarship offers. Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest highlight that list.
“The North Carolina offer means a lot,” Quinney said. “It’s a bigtime ACC school. Just the fact that they think that much of me to give me an offer means a lot.”
On Wednesday, Quinney headed west on I-40 to Winston-Salem for a return to Wake Forest. Using Thursday as a travel day, he headed back towards the Triangle Area. He'll spend all day Friday at Duke before traveling to Georgia Southern, which is 30 minutes from his home, on Saturday to close out his tour.
Previously, Quinney has visited Georgia Tech, Kentucky, and South Carolina.
Quinney’s travels have yet to yield an official favorite schools list.
“Right now, I’m still trying to look through my options,” Quinney said. “I’m trying to enjoy the process a little bit before I narrow down my list more. North Carolina, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Georgia Southern, and Georgia State are kind of sticking out right now, but I'm really just enjoying the process.”
Early this summer, Quinney plans to trim his list of options to a more manageable count. He’ll then visit his finalists before furnishing a collegiate decision just before his senior season.
After visiting UNC, the Tar Heels appear to have staying power.
“I’m definitely very interested,” Quinney said. “I like how their football program is very important over there, obviously, but also it’s also a great school academically.”
Quinney arrived at UNC around noon and departed about 7 p.m. His stay included a tour of the football facilities and campus, speaking to a business professor, and watching the Tar Heels’ practice.
“I really liked how they had practice set up,” Quinney said. “It was very fast paced and high-intensity, and I liked that.
“And I really liked the way Coach Kap [Chris Kapilovic] coaches. He seems almost like a teacher. He’s making sure not only that you’re doing the right thing, but that you know why you’re doing it that way.”
Before practice, Quinney met with Kapilovic, UNC’s offensive line coach, “for a while.”
“He said right now they’re looking at me as a tackle,” Quinney said. “But he said that if I gain a lot of weight, they might move me down to guard, too. But right now they’re looking at me as a tackle.”