Dan Dawkins, a 2018 offensive lineman, and his parents returned to North Carolina on Saturday for the Tar Heels' "Freakfest" Junior Day.
"It was beautiful," Dawkins said. "My parents loved it. I loved it. It was a great experience there. They really know what they're doing there. Without a doubt, I want to get back down there in the summer. It's just hard to drive down the nine hours. But the experience down there is once in a lifetime. Honestly, I'm for a loss of words."
Dawkins, a 6-foot-3, 296-pounder from Highstown (N.J.) Peddie School, first visited UNC last June. Saturday's experience has pushed the Tar Heels "way up there," he says. In particular, the family atmosphere made the visit so memorable.
"The coaching staff, as well as the players that I met there, were great," Dawkins said. "It was, without a doubt, one of the best visits I've had."
Throughout his stay, Dawkins spent time with all of UNC's coaches. However, he hung out the most with primary recruiter Chad Scott and offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic.
According to Dawkins, Kapilovic projects Dawkins to play center in college.
"He told me he wants to feel me out," Dawkins said. "He wants me to come down to a camp. That way I can get a feel for him. He also wants to come up and watch me work out a bit with my team.
"We were talking about education, which is especially important for a guy like me for life after football."
Dawkins's visit itinary also included a one-on-one meeting with Larry Fedora.
"He was, once again, very welcoming," Dawkins said. "He sat us down. He was talking about how I got into this position. He told me that I earned this. He preached the family [of UNC], the commitment to us, and the whole nine yards."
Later this spring, Dawkins will visit Vanderbilt. He is also considering spring trips to Boston College, Maryland, and Rutgers.