WR Carmoni Green Felt a Connection at UNC

Two official visits down, one to go for Illinois commitment.

Fresh off an official visit to North Carolina, Carmoni Green's commitment to Illinois remains intact. However, the Fighting Illini are on the ropes.

"I'm a solid commit to Illinois," Green said. "But, my mind is still kind of open a little bit about the situation. So I'm still listening to what schools have to say."

In addition to UNC, Green has officially visited Utah and Washington State. But, the 6-foot, 182-pound wide receiver from Miami (Fla.) Central says the Tar Heels and Utes are the only programs that could snag him away.

"I like the offenses at those two schools, because they throw the ball a lot," Green said. "And, I enjoyed those two schools the most. Like, I felt a little connection when I went to those schools; like, I can see myself at those schools."

Illinois will likely have the final at-bat. With his sights set on an early enrollment, Green will officially visit Champaign this weekend, the final weekend before the holiday Dead Period.

A day before that trip, Green will open his home to Larry Fedora. Fedora will likely continue with the pitch he delivered during the meeting that concluded Green's UNC official visit on Sunday.

"He said we can help each other in a big way," Green said. "And, he said he has a couple of [receivers] leaving and he truly needs a play-maker. He said they're going to try to get me."

Everyone else Green encountered throughout his UNC official visit conveyed a similar message.

"They were telling me I could come in and play early, because they have guys leaving -- like seniors graduating," Green said. "They were just telling me it's a great opportunity for me to come in. And my playing style, it fits the offensive scheme."

Green witnessed the offensive scheme up close and personal on Saturday while attending a Tar Heel practice.

"The coaches coached the same as my high school coach [coaches] -- they coach hard," Green said. "And they kind of run practice how I'm used to running it in high school; they have a fast paced practice [and] try to get everything out of the way."

For much of the practice, Green shadowed the wide receiver group and focused on its coach, Gunter Brewer. Later in the official visit, Green met with Brewer in his office.

"He was telling me how the guys run routes and plays and things like that," Green said. "And, he told me he's about taking care of business."

In a unique -- but inconsequential -- twist, Green officially visited UNC with teammate Navaughn Donaldson. UNC is the only school that overlaps in their recruitments. However, Green says that he and Donaldson have never talked about attending the same college. 

"We just had a great time on the trip," Green said. "I just asked him was he done? Is his mind made up? And he said, 'No.' That's the most that he's told me about schools, period."


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