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UNC Leading for Four-star 2018 Safety Dashaun Jerkins

Dashuan Jerkins made his latest visit to UNC on Saturday.

Four-star safety Dashaun Jerkins named North Carolina his leader just before the season. New offers haven't knocked UNC off that perch.

"I like [UNC] because when I get there it feels like a family," Jerkins said. "They treat me like I'm a part of the family. They want to involve me in everything and let me know about everything. I like that they 'keep it 100' with me."

Six schools have offered Jerkins, a 5-foot-10, 191-pounder from Woodbridge (Va.). That list features Louisville, Maryland, NC State, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, as well as UNC.

Jerkins's affinity for UNC is also unaffected by the Tar Heels-Kyree Campbell annulment, he says. Campbell, a former teammate of Jerkins's, signed with UNC in February but was released from his Letter-of-Intent when he failed to clear admissions.

"He liked North Carolina a lot," Jerkins said. "It was unfortunate he couldn't get in."

Despite possessing a clear cut leader, Jerkins is unsure when he'll make a verbal commitment. But, he knows he wants to visit schools like Clemson, Louisville, and Virginia Tech before deciding.

Thus far this season, Jerkins has attended games at James Madison, Maryland, UNC, Old Dominion, and Penn State. The UNC game visit, which took place on Saturday, was the most recent.

"I liked [my UNC visit] a lot," Jerkins said. "It went well."

Jerkins made the visit with six of his Woodbridge teammates, plus head coach Gary Wortham. Shortly after reaching campus, they were escorted to the office of John Papuchis, who recruits northern Virginia for UNC.

"[Papuchis] was talking about our season, because our season didn't go as well," Jerkins said. "But he told me that I really had a good season, even though our record didn't show. And he told me to keep working hard."

While Georgia Tech's triple-option offense isn't a great platform for defensive back play, Jerkins took plenty away from UNC's 48-20 victory.

"I liked the way North Carolina played man-to-man," Jerkins said. "They lock up a lot. And they like to send a lot of blitzes -- I liked that. They're aggressive to the ball. That's how I like to play."

Jerkins, who has made a handful of visits to UNC, plans to return to Chapel Hill after the season.

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