Joshua Fedd-Jackson's three-day North Carolina visit made quite an impact on the 6-foot-3, 320-pound offensive guard.
“I loved it down there,” Fedd-Jackson said. “I loved every second of it.
“I just loved the atmosphere of the town. I like ‘the South,’ because my family is from ‘the South.’ So, being down there just feels like home.
“And then the school atmosphere, like the college city is crazy down there.”
Fedd-Jackson plays high school ball at Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional, minutes from New York. But, he has family in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In NC specifically his family lives just outside of Chapel Hill.
Fedd-Jackson has a second Tar Heel connection: Tommy Hatton, a former St. Joseph Regional offensive lineman. Although the two were never teammates – Fedd-Jackson transferred from North Arlington (N.J.) Queen of Peace as Hatton was graduating – they are quite familiar with each other.
“I wish I had gotten to play with him,” Fedd-Jackson laughed. “I knew him before I transferred. I worked out with him a little bit.”
Over the weekend, Fedd-Jackson and Hatton reconnected.
“I had a nice talk with him about the school and everything,” Fedd-Jackson said. “He gave me his opinion on it.”
Most of Fedd-Jackson’s conversations were with Chris Kapilovic, UNC’s offensive line coach. Some of their interactions occurred during their two individual meetings.
“He told me that he loved me as a player,” Fedd-Jackson said. “I told him, ‘I love it down here.’ So now, we’re just waiting for my test scores to come back.”
What happens when Fedd-Jackson’s test scores come back in about a month?
“Then, I’ll be making my decision on where I’ll be continuing my education,” Fedd-Jackson said. “North Carolina is kind of the favorite with Rutgers.”
Kapilovic is recruiting Fedd-Jackson as an offensive guard.
As a sophomore at Queen of Peace, Fedd-Jackson started at defensive tackle. After transferring, he was moved to right guard. He’ll likely make a third move – to right tackle – this coming season to compensate for a graduation loss.
Fedd-Jackson’s lengthy stay also allowed him to sit in on two offensive line meetings, which were of course instructed by Kapilovic. Additionally, Fedd-Jackson observed Kapilovic coach during Friday’s practice and Saturday’s spring game.
“Most offensive line coaches are crazy and like to yell,” Fedd-Jackson said. “But [Kapilovic] likes to interact with his boys and he seems to connect well.”
While sitting in Kenan Stadium on Saturday, Fedd-Jackson imaged life as a UNC student-athlete.
“The stadium is right in the middle of campus,” Fedd-Jackson said. “The learning facilities, like where every athlete on campus – not just the football players – go to student hall is right there. And then from there you just walk down to the locker room.”
Another asset of UNC’s campus that Fedd-Jackson saw: Franklin Street.
“I had some good food down there,” Fedd-Jackson said. “They actually had a couple of good spots down there that I checked out.”
Besides UNC, Fedd-Jackson has visited Boston College, Rutgers, and Syracuse. He doesn’t have any future trips scheduled, but is considering a trip to Michigan.