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UNC at the Top for Joshua Fedd-Jackson

Although two other schools remain in contention, academics might pose the biggest obstacle for UNC.

North Carolina strengthened its grasp on Joshua Fedd-Jackson last month when the offensive guard returned to Chapel Hill for Fedora’s Freak Show.

“They’re still at the top,” Fedd-Jackson said. “It’s a campus more in the country. And I prefer the country more than the city. I just like it down there.

“And I like the coaches.”

About ten schools have offered Fedd-Jackson, a 6-foot-3, 320-pounder from Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional.

“I wouldn’t say they’re [UNC’s] biggest competition, but I like Rutgers a lot and I’m starting to like Pitt a lot,” Fedd-Jackson said. 

Fedd-Jackson has made several visits to nearby Rutgers. Outside of UNC, though, he has only visited Pittsburgh this summer.

According to Fedd-Jackson, none of those visits compared to Fedora’s Freak Show.

“The Freak Show was amazing, honestly,” Fedd-Jackson said. “It was quite the experience. It wasn’t like most camps you go to where there’s a thousand guys -- this was only 40-50 guys. So, everybody got the proper coaching, instead of just a bunch of guys working with one coach.”

Fedd-Jackson also enjoyed the activity that ended the Freak Show -- a dodge ball tournament.

“That was fun -- that was real fun,” Fedd-Jackson said with a laugh. “My team went 2-1.”

Fun aside, Fedd-Jackson’s greatest takeaway was being coached by Chris Kapilovic, UNC’s offensive line coach.

“I like him [and] he likes me,” Fedd-Jackson said. “Most offensive line coaches are jerks -- they yell a lot, they’re mean guys. But, he’s kind of chill. But, he’s really intense, too.”

Before the Freak Show began, Fedd-Jackson sat down with both Kapilovic and primary recruiter Chad Scott. The main topic of conversation: academics.

“Right now, I’m in a situation where I’m taking my summer school courses and then I’ll be cleared,” Fedd-Jackson said. “They told me they want my focus in the classroom and they’re all in for me.”

When Fedd-Jackson visited UNC in April, the staff was eager to see his ACT score. With that behind him, he’s working on raising his core GPA through the aforementioned summer school courses.

Once his academic situation resolves itself, Fedd-Jackson said he possibly could look to make a verbal commitment. He said in a dream scenario, though, St. Joseph Regional would win the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 4 State Championship on Dec. 4 and Fedd-Jackson would announce his commitment that day.

In the meantime, Fedd-Jackson is finished with summer visits. The next trip he has his eyes on is an in-season official visit to UNC.

“I’m hoping to catch a rivalry game,” Fedd-Jackson said. 


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