CONCORD, N.C. --- After numerous visits to the school, Rick Sandidge says North Carolina is sitting pretty.
"They're top in my mind," Sandidge said. "They're one of my favorite schools.
"I like that it's close to home. And I like the atmosphere a lot."
Sandidge, a 6-foot-5, 273-pound defensive lineman from Concord High, doesn't want to reveal which other schools are floating atop his mind. After the football season, though, he'll publicly anoint favorites. UNC, obviously, will make the cut, he said.
Eighteen schools have offered Sandidge, with Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest among the most recent.
This summer, Sandidge camped at Alabama, UNC, and South Carolina. The UNC camp wasn't a typical camp -- it was Fedora's Freak Show.
"The Freak Show there was more competition -- some of their top prospects I was going against," Sandidge said. "And then at South Carolina, I went up against some good people, but there were some people that I went up against that just weren't at my level."
Immediately after competing at the Freak Show, Sandidge spoke with Tray Scott, UNC's defensive line coach.
"He was just talking about my technique when we were doing the one-on-ones," Sandidge said.
Sandidge, a defensive end in high school, worked out at both end and tackle. However, he says UNC sees him lining up inside within their scheme.
"I'd rather not play inside," Sandidge said. "But, I'll do anything to help the team."
Both before and after the Freak Show, Sandidge conversed with Chris Kapilovic, who recruits Cabarrus County for UNC.
"He was just making sure I had a good time," Sandidge said.
Last season, Sandidge attended UNC home victories over Duke and Wake Forest. He plans to return to Chapel Hill this coming season, but hasn't settled on a game or two.