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2018 Ga. Running Back Emeka Nwanze Checks Out UNC

Emeka Nwanze attended UNC's Black Friday match-up against NC State.

During his introductory visit to North Carolina on Friday, Emeka Nwanze, a 2018 running back prospect, received lofty praise from his area recruiter Tray Scott.

"He envisions me as a pound-for-pound running back," Nwanze said. "And I think I remember him saying he saw me as a featured back, way back in the summer when he offered me. But on Friday, he compared me to Elijah Hood."

Being mentioned in the same breath as Hood, wasn't lost on Nwanze, a 5-foot-11, 190-pounder from Duluth (Ga.) Northview.

"It makes me feel good," Nwanze said. "But, also it makes me want to work harder to live up to that expectation and exceed them."

Before meeting with Scott on Friday, Nwanze had brunch and toured the Kenan Football Center.

"We saw where all the players were recognized for playing in the NFL," Nwanze said.

Later that afternoon, Nwanze watched UNC's comeback against archrival NC State fall short.

"I saw that they never quit," Nwanze said. "You're going to lose games. In the beginning, they were trailing, but they kept playing hard and they were able to put points on the board against a good defense."

Nwanze took plenty away from Friday's overall experience.

"There was a lot of energy from the crowd," Nwanze said. "It seems that that area is really big for football. And not only is UNC a good football program, but it's good academically, as well."

Friday's visit was Nwanze's latest recruiting trip this season. Previously, he had traveled to Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. After the holidays, he plans to resume his tour with an eye on stops at Arkansas, Boston College, Florida, Rutgers, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Seven schools -- including Boston College, Maryland, UNC, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest -- have offered Nwanze. Thus far, his aforementioned travels have yet to render a group of favorite schools.

"I still have to look at other schools with my parents," Nwanze said. "I do like UNC, though."

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