After visiting the school for the first time last week, four-star offensive lineman Nick Brahms says North Carolina is one of his “top schools.”
“I’d say Auburn, North Carolina, Miami, and Tennessee are sticking out,” Brahms said. “I like their facilities, coaches, academics, and players.”
Brahms, a 6-foot-4, 267-pounder from Navarre (Fla.), saw his recruitment skyrocket this past spring. His scholarship offer count stands at 41, with 34 of them from FBS schools.
Although he lacks a leader, Brahms plans to make a verbal commitment before his senior season. That way, he’ll limit distractions for his final high school season.
Accompanied by his father, Brahms arrived at UNC last Wednesday at 9 am. They remained on campus until about 5:30.
“I had a good time,” Brahms said. “It was good. I had a great time there.”
The visit was part of a three-school tour early last week. Brahms began at Auburn’s “Big Kat” camp, stopped in Atlanta for a day for his father’s work, and then ended up in NC’s Triangle Area where they checked out both Duke and UNC.
Brahms has also visited Florida, Florida Atlantic, Miami, South Florida, and Tennessee.
For much of his eight-plus-hour UNC stay, Brahms was shadowed by Chris Kapilovic, the Tar Heels’ offensive line coach.
“He’s a tough coach on the field,” Brahms said. “But off the field, he’s going to take care of his players.
“It felt like a family there – it’s kind of like Auburn. At UNC, they’re really close on the team. It’s a close knit group.”
Brahms experienced that closeness firsthand during lunch. He ate in the cafeteria with offensive linemen John Ferranto and Caleb Peterson.
“They’re cool,” Brahms said. “I really liked them. I feel like me and them bonded a little bit. I got their numbers and texted them about the program. They are great guys.”
After lunch, Brahms met with Larry Fedora.
“He talked about where the program is headed and their success in the past,” Brahms said. “They’ve had a lot of success in the last two years. They went 11-3 last year. He was telling me all about that and how he wants me there.”
According to Brahms, his projected UNC position is unsettled. Kapilovic primarily sees Brahms as an interior offensive lineman (guard or center). At the same time, Kap believes Brahms could play tackle, his high school position, if necessary.
Brahms’ visit included a full campus tour. During the tour, he met with a biomedical engineer professor and a professor in the business school.
“UNC is a great school for both [fields],” Brahms said. “They’re more known for their business school; it’s No. 5 in the nation. That will be a big factor in my decision.”
Brahms plans to return to UNC sometime this summer. However, he has ruled out attending Fedora’s Freak Show since he’s scheduled to return to Tennessee that day.