SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. --- Five-star running back Zamir White hasn't constructed a formal list of favorite schools. But, he says North Carolina is among the top schools on his mind.
"They're really high," White said. "It's home really, because it's close to home."
In addition to being close to home, UNC is also the school White, a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder from Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland, has visited the most. Primarily, those trips have been with or to see former teammate/close friend Jonathan Smith, a freshman linebacker for the Tar Heels.
White says Smith hasn't been recruiting him. Instead, Smith provides advice.
"It's fun there to him," White said. "He just tells me to check it out, because it's cool and he thinks I'll like it."
White was last in Chapel Hill for the Tar Heels' last-second victory over Pittsburgh.
"That last drive was crazy," White said. "[Ryan] Switzer was just catching the balls. It was great."
While the ending is difficult to ignore, White's primary focus throughout that game was visualizing himself in UNC's offense.
"Their offense is great," White said. "I think I'll fit perfect."
While most recruits arrived on campus that Saturday a couple of hours before kickoff, White didn't reach Kenan Stadium until minutes before the team ran out of the tunnel. That late arrival prevented White from spending any time with the coaches during pregame. He did, though, speak briefly with Larry Porter, UNC's running backs coach, on the field after the game.
"We were just talking and chilling," White said.
White says that he hears from Porter and area recruiter John Papuchis on a weekly basis.
"They're just talking to me and working on a relationship with me," White said.
According to White, a "great" relationship -- especially with Porter -- has already been established.
"We're like best friends," White said.
A week after the UNC-Pitt game, White attended the top 10 match-up between Clemson and Louisville, which also wasn't determined until the final minutes.
"That game was the craziest game I've went to in my life," White said. "That game was wild."
South Carolina is the only other school White has visited this season. He has plans to attend an Alabama game, but isn't sure which one. He also figures to return to UNC for one of its final three contests.