Corey Bender

Illinois Pledge Carmoni Green Plans to Visit UNC

UNC sent coaches to Carmoni Green's high school game on Friday.

Some old friends reached out to Illinois verbal commitment Carmoni Green earlier this month -- North Carolina assistant coaches Gunter Brewer and Larry Porter.

"They were just telling me that they liked the way I played," Green said. "They were asking my coaches what type of kid I am.

"They said that they had an opening and I would have an opportunity to play."

Prior to this month, Green, a 6-foot, 182-pound wide receiver, hadn't heard from Porter since the spring. That last conversation was accompanied by Porter's evaluation trip to Miami (Fla.) Central High.

"Coach Porter told me that he liked me, but they had three receivers committed," Green said. 

Just before reconnecting with Green, UNC parted ways with one of the three aforementioned receiver commitments, Ryan Jones.

A week after reviving communication with Green, UNC offered a scholarship. However, he's been verbally committed to Illinois since August.

"I'm a solid commit," Green said. "The coaches, they've been recruiting me the longest. And my mother and my family loved it there. At the time, I just felt like it was the right place for me."

Green is unsure of the chances that a school could steal him from Illinois. 

"My recruitment, it's not open, but I'm still listening," Green said.

"Listening" includes officially visiting and UNC is on Green's docket.

"I plan on taking a visit to see the facilities, because I've never been there before," Green said. "I just want a chance to meet all the coaches and see what type of offense those guys run."

Green would prefer to officially visit UNC during the season -- especially since his own football season ended on Friday -- but definite plans have yet to be established.  

However, Green does have an official trip scheduled with Utah for Nov. 19 when the Utes host Oregon. He's also working on dates with Illinois and Pittsburgh.

"I'm going to save my last one for anything new that might come across," Green said. "If Georgia comes across, I'll probably take it to Georgia to see that school, too."

While in town on Friday night for their ACC bout with Miami, Brewer and Porter attended Green's season finale against crosstown rival Miami Northwestern.

"That was good, because that was a great game," Green said.

In fact, it was arguably Green's finest performance of the season. He pulled in four passes for 75 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

After UNC beat Miami on Saturday, Green heard from Porter.

"I told him before the game, 'Get the W,'" Green said. "His text after the game said, 'We got it for you.'"

Green watched the 20-13 victory from his couch.

"[UNC] played pretty good, because UM is a great team," Green said. "And [UNC] just pulled it out.They kept fighting all the way to the end."

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