CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Before the 2016 class was inked, North Carolina already had three wide receivers committed for the 2017 class. That won’t stop the Tar Heels from continuing their pursuit of Tahj Capehart, a four-star wideout.
“They actually like me playing at DB, too,” Capehart said. “So, they’re recruiting me for both sides of the ball.”
Just about every other college is recruiting Capehart as a wide receiver. And while the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder scored eight touchdowns (six receiving and two rushing) and accumulated 770 all-purpose yards (606 receiving) while playing receiver for Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes last season, he also started at cornerback. He tallied 32 tackles, an interception, and seven pass breakups in that role in 2015.
“It doesn’t bother me [what position I’m being recruited for],” Capehart said. “I just want to get on the field. I’d like to play both sides and show what I can do.”
With that said, UNC remains in contention for Capehart.
“I really like North Carolina,” Capehart said. “Coach [Gunter] Brewer, we have a good connection. Coach [Larry] Porter, we have a good connection. I have family down there, so there has always been North Carolina in my blood. I really like North Carolina, it will be in my top.”
Capehart, who has been offered by about a dozen schools, will actually release his top schools list in a month or two. His target number is eight.
“I’m still trying to make some visits around the country before I actually narrow it down,” Capehart said. "I have some schools in my head, but I'm still trying to work it out."
Georgia, South Carolina, and West Virginia are among Capehart’s prerequisite stops. Already this offseason, he has visited Alabama, Maryland, UNC, Penn State, and Virginia Tech.
With UNC in particular, Capehart attended a junior day back in mid-February. There, attendees were treated to the UNC-Duke basketball game.
“That was a good experience to finally go to one of those games,” Capehart said. “I really liked the whole experience of the rivalry.”
While basketball was certainly the main attraction, Capehart also enjoyed the unique activities the football staff planned for the recruits in the hours before tipoff.
“Getting to know all the players that are committed, I really liked that,” Capehart said.
Additionally, Capehart met separately with Brewer, UNC’s wide receivers coach, and Porter, who recruits the Tidewater.
“Coach Brewer talked about the atmosphere of the whole campus, the receivers they have committed,” Capehart said. “Coach Porter talked to me a little bit about the school and how it could help me out in the future.”
Porter also invited Capehart back to campus for Fedora’s Freak Show in June. Capehart said he plans to accept the invitation.