With Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage on a bye, Noah Curtis took an official visit-like, unofficial trip to North Carolina over the weekend.
"It was great, actually," Curtis said. "I had a great time there."
With his parents in tow, Curtis, a 6-foot-5, 213-pound defensive end, arrived in Chapel Hill on Friday. They remained in town until Sunday.
The overall experience has solidified UNC's strong position with Curtis.
"Right now, they're in my top five," Curtis said. "They're so high from an academic standpoint. They're one of the best public universities in the nation, academic-wise and athletic-wise. I was really impressed."
Curtis doesn't possess an actual top five schools list, but UNC is definitely among his favorites. He says Arkansas and Central Florida are also strong contenders.
For Curtis and his parents, Friday was primarily an introduction to UNC. They met the coaching staff, watched a walk-through practice, and toured the campus.
"The campus is big and old fashioned," Curtis said.
On Saturday, the majority of Curtis's time was spent in Kenan Stadium watching UNC complete a last-second, come-from-behind defeat of Pittsburgh.
"It was exciting," Curtis said. "[The crowd] was so into the game."
During his stay, Curtis met at length with Larry Fedora.
"He was saying how much I've improved athletically from last year to this year," Curtis said. "He said he can't wait to get me on campus again for my official visit."
Curtis says he's scheduled to officially visit UNC in January, but is unsure of the exact date. He plans to take all five of his official visits before rendering a decision.
Tray Scott, UNC's defensive line coach, has taken command of Curtis's recruitment. As such, Curtis spent the most time with Scott throughout his stay.
"He was talking about how I would be a great fit for D-line; how I fit all their measurables," Curtis said. "He likes my height, my long arms, and my speed."
Specifically, Scott projects Curtis to play speed end, according to Curtis. For American Heritage, Curtis plays both linebacker and defensive end, plus tight end and wide receiver. On the season, he has seven sacks.
Lastly, Curtis sat down with Gene Chizik, UNC's defensive coordinator.
"He said he likes my film -- he likes everything about me," Curtis said. "He said he wants me to come to North Carolina."
This past weekend's trip was Curtis's first in-season, recruiting visit. Over the summer, he visited Central Florida.