Alan Tisdale, a 2018 linebacker from Greensboro (N.C.) Page, plans to return to North Carolina on Saturday for the Tar Heels' Junior Day.
"I want to talk to the head coach more and see where I stand at," Tisdale said. "I also want to talk to [linebackers coach John Papuchis] to learn more about how they want to use me."
Primarily, Tisdale's communication with UNC has been through Chris Kapilovic, who recruits Guilford County for the Heels. Kap was who invited the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder to the junior day.
Previously, Tisdale had visited Chapel Hill for the Tar Heels' win over Georgia Tech, attended a June camp as a spectator, and participated in Fedora's Freak Show. The latter visit yielded him a UNC scholarship offer. Those visits culminated in UNC being "up there" for Tisdale.
"My first time going to Carolina, the coaches just came to me as soon as I walked in," Tisdale said. "They just showed me attention constantly. I could tell that they wanted me there."
While he isn't ready to anoint favorites, if nothing changes (i.e. no additional offers) Tisdale's recruitment is shaping up to be an ACC Coastal Division battle. The other school "up there" for Tisdale is Virginia Tech.
In addition to UNC and Virginia Tech, Tisdale has received scholarship offers from East Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest. But he's receiving interest from schools throughout the region.
Besides UNC, Tisdale attended games last season at Clemson, Georgia, NC State, and Virginia Tech. His Clemson visit -- when the Tigers fourth down stand with 33 seconds remaining sealed the victory in front of a prime-time audience -- was particularly impactful.
"The atmosphere was crazy," Tisdale said of the Clemson-Louisville game. "I couldn't even talk to my dad and he was sitting right beside me. After the game we went to the locker room and we just had a good time with the players."
This past weekend, Tisdale visited NC State for his first junior day of the year.
Tisdale plans to make a verbal commitment after his senior football season.