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UNC DB Commit Rozar 'Shocked' by Warren's Depature

Rozar ignored signs that he'd be losing his position coach/primary recruiter.

Throughout this past weekend's official visit, North Carolina pledge Caleb Rozar was not told that his primary recruiter and position coach, Charlton Warren, was leaving. However, in hindsight Rozar can identify clues that should have told him something was up.

"There were hints, like when Coach [Gene] Chizik said he was coming [for an in-home visit] this week," Rozar said. "Usually, Coach Warren comes. And then Coach [Larry] Fedora is coming [on Monday night also] and I literally saw him [the day before]. But when they told me, I was like, 'Oh whatever.'

"But then, I didn't talk to Coach Warren [on my official visit] as much as I usually do. I was kind of confused. I thought something wasn't right. I literally talked to Coach Chizik a long time, like he sat me down and told me what he was going to do to me. I was wondering where Coach Warren was, but I just thought it was because I didn't really talk to Coach Chizik like that in person." 

Once he learned that Warren was leaving for Tennessee, Rozar's suspicions were validated and the entire situation started to make sense.

"One of my friends from my school texted me [the news]," Rozar said. "He's a UT fan. I was like, 'Huh?' And I looked it up. I was kind of in shock, but then everything started to make sense."

Rozar has been committed to UNC since June. He says Warren's departure doesn't change the status of his commitment.

"Coach Chizik, he's still the D-coordinator, so nothing is going to change," Rozar said. 

However, if Warren, representing in-state Tennessee, were to reach out to Rozar, he's unsure how he'd react.

As of late Monday afternoon, Rozar had yet to speak to anyone from UNC about the secondary coach vacancy. However, he surmised it would be a major topic of conversation later that night during his in-home visit with Chizik and Fedora.

Before this weekend, Rozar had made a couple of prior visits to UNC. But, neither were able to top the amount of time he spent with current and future Tar Heels. In particular, Rozar spent the most time with his player host, Rontavius Groves, who's also from the Volunteer State.

"I already knew who he was because we used to work out together, but it was cool," Rozar said. "He was letting me know stuff about the campus and about the school and how the practice goes."

As far as fellow recruits go, Rozar hung out the most with Ameer Speed and Malik Robinson. Naturally, there was some recruiting going on.

"Ameer, I tried to get in his head a little bit," Rozar said.

Although Robinson is also committed to UNC, he has decided to officially visit other schools. Rozar, though, isn't concerned.

"He told me he's still stuck on Carolina," Rozar said. "So I said, alright."

Throughout the weekend, Rozar's left arm was in a sling. He had surgery on his shoulder a week ago to repair an injury he suffered during a scrimmage last spring. The injury was discovered last offseason, but doctors told Rozar that surgery could be delayed until after the season. He's expected to be 100-percent by summer camp.


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