The Tar Heels have vaulted into the lead group for four-star cornerback Jordan Miner, following his visit to North Carolina on Saturday.
"North Carolina is very high on the list right now, because I've been following them for about three years now," Miner said. "I've just been watching them play. It's a great school."
Miner says that Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, NC State, Penn State, and Tennessee are also high on his list. Those schools, plus UNC, are among the 18 to have offered the 6-foot-1, 172-pounder from Wesley Chapel (Fla.) Wiregrass Ranch. He also holds offers from Ole Miss and Oregon.
The UNC offer was presented during Saturday's visit.
"I was talking to all the coaches and then Coach [Chad] Scott pulled me aside and told me that I had an offer," Miner said.
"It meant a lot, because since eighth grade I've been talking to Coach Scott since he was at Kentucky. And then he went to North Carolina. To finally get the offer was nice."
Speaking of Scott, he's a major reason Miner is so interested in UNC -- and decided to visit this past weekend. Miner says his relationship with Scott is "really strong."
"Throughout the whole recruiting process, he's probably [among the] top three [coaches] recruiting me the hardest," Miner said. "He really wants me to come play at North Carolina, because he's from my area."
Miner spent roughly three and a half hours on campus on Saturday morning. In addition to touring the football facilities, his stay included a one-on-one meeting with Larry Fedora.
"He was just saying that they really needed me there and that I have a great chance of playing right away," Miner said. "They played like nine true freshmen last year and they have a lot of corners leaving."
As a junior, Miner played throughout Wiregrass Ranch's secondary -- cornerback, safety, nickel back. He finished the season with 38 tackles, a dozen pass breakups, and three interceptions. He also scored five total touchdowns.
Miner's UNC visit was a part of a four-school tour. Prior to reaching Chapel Hill, he visited Georgia Tech and Tennessee on Friday. When he left UNC around noon, he made the short trip to NC State before heading home.
Miner is attempting to return to UNC for a spring practice. He was provided the spring schedule by Scott during the aforementioned visit. If Miner is unable to return this spring, he says he'll definitely be back during the season.
Additionally, Miner has trips scheduled to Ole Miss and Penn State for later this spring. But, most of his future recruiting trips will occur during the summer.
Miner plans to take all five of his official visits during the season and then make a verbal commitment shortly thereafter.