BUFORD, Ga. --- One of the first prospects Deke Adams offered a scholarship to as North Carolina's defensive line coach was Tobe Umerah, a 6-foot-3, 212-pounder from Macon (Ga.) Stratford Academy. Umerah was more than receptive to the overture.
"UNC definitely is high on my list," Umerah said. "That was my dad's alma mater, so it stands pretty high on my list."
Roughly 20 schools have offered Umerah. His list of offers features Auburn, Duke, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
Despite his family connection to UNC, Umerah has yet to visit Chapel Hill. He fully expects that to change this spring. He and Adams have been discussing potential visit dates.
"I want to learn about how their students fare after college, how their engineering program is, how the students like it, [and] how the student-athletes are," Umerah said.
Had the UNC offer been extended a month earlier, Umerah would have already visited the school. In early February, he was 20 minutes down US-501 visiting Duke.
Besides the Blue Devils, Umerah has visited Alabama, Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Penn State.
"The schools that caught my attention the most were Penn State, Alabama, Georgia Tech, and Duke," Umerah said. "It was just their facilities were so great. And then seeing the academic side -- I have a big interest in academic schools."
This weekend, Umerah will be back on the road with trips to Northwestern and Wisconsin. He's then scheduled to travel to Stanford the following weekend. In addition to UNC, he's trying to set up a spring visit to Vanderbilt.
Umerah says that he and Adams communicate fairly regularly.
"He says he sees me as an outside linebacker or D-end, depending on how I grow," Umerah said.
Though nose tackle was his primary position, Umerah lined up all over Stratford Academy's D-line as a junior. He finished the season as the team's leading tackler.