During his inaugural visit to North Carolina on Saturday, Trey Dean received a status update on a possible UNC scholarship offer.
"They said they're going to come see me play," Dean said. "And then after that they're going to check out my film."
Nine schools have offered Dean, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound defensive back from Hampton (Ga.) Dutchtown. That list is highlighted by Florida, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, and Oregon State. Like UNC, Georgia is also close to offering, Dean says.
Contact from assistant coach Chris Kapilovic enticed Dean to attend UNC's home opening victory on Saturday. Research reinforced that desire.
"North Carolina was showing me a lot of interest," Dean said. "I could see myself playing at North Carolina. North Carolina is a good academic school, also.
"I just went down there to see everything -- how the campus looked, the game atmosphere -- and meet all the coaches."
According to Dean, UNC ticked all the boxes.
"I liked the game atmosphere," Dean said. "Carolina is a great academic school. They have a good coaching staff. And Carolina seems like a great place to be and to play football."
Although Dean is hesitant to name favorite schools, UNC definitely has his attention.
"Right now, of course North Carolina is sticking out," Dean said. "Georgia and Florida are sticking out, also. But, right now my options are open. I'm playing it day-by-day and just going with the recruiting process."
Prior to kickoff on Saturday, Dean met with Kapilovic and Charlton Warren, UNC's secondary coach.
"They said they like what they see [on film]," Dean said. "They like my length and my size."
According to Dean, Warren could envision Dean playing either cornerback or safety in UNC's defensive scheme.
For Dutchtown, a Class AAAAA school southeast of Atlanta, Dean flips between those two aforementioned positions. Four games in, he has recorded an interception, eight pass deflections, and 17 tackles.
"If a team has a great running back, I'll play safety," Dean said. "If a team has a good receiver, I'll play cornerback."
Dean plans on returning to UNC after the season for a more thorough visit -- especially if the Tar Heels offer.
On Thursday, Dean is scheduled to attend the Clemson-Georgia Tech bout in Atlanta. He also has upcoming trips to Florida and Georgia on his calendar.