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UNC Official Rocks Dazz Newsome's Recruitment

Newsome is heading towards a Signing Day Decision.

Dazz Newsome entered this past weekend's official visit to North Carolina verbally committed to Maryland. Midway through his stay, he ended that commitment.

Newsome, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback from Hampton (Va.), originally pledged to Maryland in October. Outside of withdrawing that commitment, he's remaining mum on the impact of his UNC official visit.

"Everybody is going to find out on Signing Day," Newsome said.

Newsome did reveal that he'll be choosing from Maryland, UNC, and Virginia Tech on Signing Day.

Just before the Dead Period, Newsome officially visited Maryland. He's scheduled to take an official trip to Virginia Tech this coming weekend. While he "thinks" he's still going to take the trip to Blacksburg, he admitted there's a chance it might be canceled.

A potential X-factor in Newsome's recruitment is close friend/workout buddy Devon Hunter. Hunter is scheduled to announce his college decision on Friday. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss, UNC, and Virginia Tech are his finalists. But, he has only taken official visits to Florida, UNC, and Virginia Tech.

"I pretty much know what he's going to do already," Newsome said. "I'm pretty sure it's not going to impact my decision. We've always talked about playing on the same team together, but we'll see what he decides and then we'll see when I decide."

Before concluding his UNC official visit on Sunday morning, Newsome and his parents met with Larry Fedora.

"He told me if I come there I have a chance to make an early impact," Newsome said.

Newsome learned exactly where he'll make that early impact during conversations with secondary coach Charlton Warren and defensive coordinator Gene Chizik.

"First, they want me to play corner[back]," Newsome said. "And then when I learn corner, I can play nickel. And they said I could do punt return and kick return. And then once I master the defense, then maybe I could go to offense and try to make an impact there."

The highlight of the visit, Newsome said, was the UNC-Florida State basketball game.

"The basketball game was live," Newsome said. "I've never been to a basketball game that live before.

"And when we got there, they let us walk out on the court and all the fans were clapping."

Newsome had made a couple of prior visits to UNC (a camp and a football game). This past weekend, though, was the first time he was fully immersed in the team.

"Everybody is cool," Newsome said. "It's like a big family. They take you in. The main thing I liked was how the team is a family. They're more of a brotherhood."

Newsome spent time with several members of the secondary, but he hung out the most with Patrice Rene, his player host. Both Rene and Newsome played high school ball in Virginia, albeit in different parts.

"I don't think it mattered where he's from," Newsome said. "He's a good dude. He seems like he's cool with everybody."


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