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UNC Makes 'Significant' Progress with RB Jalen Holston

Hurricane weather didn't dampen Jalen Holston's UNC official visit.

Heading into this weekend's official visit to North Carolina, the Tar Heels were running a close second for Jalen Holston. Thus, priority No. 1 was closing the gap on -- if not surpassing -- leader Virginia Tech.

"I want to say that [UNC] did something very significant," Holston said with a chuckle. "That's all I can say right now.

"I'm really high on North Carolina. I could really see myself at the school and I really like them."

Next up for Holston, a 6-foot, 206-pound running back Stockbridge (Ga.), is scheduling an official trip to Virginia Tech. Tentatively, it's set for the weekend of Nov. 26 when the Hokies play in-state rival Virginia.

Also, Holston is attempting to determine his other official visit destinations and schedule those trips. Georgia, Louisville, Missouri, Syracuse, South Carolina, and Tennessee are under consideration for his three remaining spots.

Holston says he's looking at an October/November commitment time frame. He admitted that UNC and Virginia Tech continue to battle it out for the top spot, with a caveat.

"But, more schools are putting themselves in position with those two schools," Holston said referencing the six programs fighting for for his final three official visit slots.

Shortly after arriving in Chapel Hill on Saturday afternoon, Holston headed to Kenan Stadium for UNC's rain-soaked game with Virginia Tech.

"It actually was a good experience," Holston said. "It wasn't more so about the game, because of the conditions that they played in. With them losing, right now it's about how will they bounce back during the season and what they will do to fix the problems."

UNC's bounce back was a topic during Holston's Sunday meeting with Larry Fedora.

"His message was how important it was [for me] to come up there," Holston said. "He was saying that the game didn't go the way he wanted it to, but they're just going to bounce back from it. And he just wanted me to know how much of a priority I am and how much he wants me and I'm a real big need for them."

After meeting with Fedora, Holston witnessed firsthand UNC attempting to fix the problems from Saturday by attended Sunday evening's practice.

Earlier Sunday, Holston had separate meetings with Chris Kapilovic, his primary recruiter, and Larry Porter, UNC's running back coach. Both attempted to drive home Holston's importance to this class, since the Tar Heels will lose at least two scholarship running backs after this season.

"Their message to me was that they really want me to know how much a priority I was to them and how important I was to them," Holston said. "And they showed me how I'd fit into the offense and at North Carolina."

Holston was one of seven official visitors this weekend. The majority of the rest had already verbally committed to UNC and spent much of the weekend recruiting Holston. He says Michael CarterJake Lawler, and Tre Shaw were the most vocal.

"They had a lot of success [recruiting me]," Holston said. "Michael, we play the same position, but we have different skill sets. It would actually be fun to play with him, because of what each of us brings to the table."

Throughout his stay, which ended early Monday morning, Holston was hosted by red-shirt freshman offensive tackle William Sweet and starting linebacker Andre Smith.

"Just meeting those guys for the first time and being able to hang around them, at the end of the end I can call them family," Holston said. "It just made it feel like a family atmosphere."

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