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UNC on the Top of '18 RB Kyle Dobbins's List

Instead of shopping, Kyle Dobbins returned to UNC on Black Friday.

North Carolina made a strong second impression on Kyle Dobbins, a 2018 running back from Richland (N.J.) St. Augustine Prep.

"It's on the top of the list," Dobbins said. "It's a great school. It has great football, great coaches, great people, and my family lives down there, too."

Dobbins, a 5-foot-10, 180-pounder, has family in Charlotte and Rockingham.

The "list" that UNC tops consists of six scholarship offering schools. In addition to the Tar Heels, that list is comprised of NC State, Northwestern, Rutgers, Temple, and Virginia Tech.

Besides UNC, Dobbins has visited Notre Dame, Penn State, Rutgers, and Temple this season.

Dobbins says he "definitely" intends to return to Chapel Hill this offseason. He's also looking to visit Maryland, Notre Dame, Penn State, Rutgers, Temple, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia in the months following the football season.

Initially, Dobbins visited UNC last year with his seven-on-seven team. Friday, though, marked his first game in Kenan Stadium.

"The game's atmosphere, it was amazing," Dobbins said. "There was excitement throughout the game. It was a great game against NC State -- that's a good team. 

"I met the coaches. I met the head coach. Only a select few [met] with the head coach -- it was like five, he said, out of like 100 [recruits] that were there."

During the aforementioned meeting, Larry Fedora discussed how Dobbins would be utilized within UNC's one-back, no-huddle spread offense. To illustrate, Fedora used T.J. Logan's usage.

"I'll mainly play running back, but they'll split me out to receiver to beat the linebacker," Dobbins said. "I'd be the more explosive guy out there."

As a junior on a 9-1 team, Dobbins rushed with 1,282 yards and 17 touchdowns thanks to a 7.7 yards-per-carry average. He also pulled in nine passes for 58 yards.

Also during the meeting, Fedora touched on how UNC's program will improve Dobbins as a football player.

"He talked about how strength and conditioning is going to work out for me," Dobbins said. "He told me how I'm going to get bigger, stronger, faster."

Lastly, Fedora extolled the football program.

"He said it's a great school with a great set of coaches," Dobbins said. "They have coaches that have coached championships. Most of them played in the NFL."

One of the coaches Fedora spoke of, Chad Scott, is directing the recruitment of Dobbins. Expectedly, Dobbins spent a great deal of time with Scott on Friday.

"He talked about the same thing the head coach was talking to me about," Dobbins said. "And at the end of the game, we took a whole tour with Coach Scott -- just me and my family. We took a whole tour of the football facility [and] the campus. He was talking about its history."

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