Kenyon Oblad (Blair Angulo)

Nev. QB Kenyon Oblad 'Blown Away' by UNC

Kenyon Oblad used his spring break to visit UNC last week.

Kenyon Oblad received a status update on a potential North Carolina scholarship offer, during last week's visit to the school.

"[QB coach Keith Heckendorf] talked about how he liked my film and how he likes how I throw the football," Oblad said. "He told me he wants to come out and see me throw, first, before they offer me."

Oblad, a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder, is a two-time All-State quarterback and will be a four-year starter for Henderson (Nev.) Liberty. Heading into his senior campaign, he sports a 33-7 record while playing a nationwide schedule, which included games showcased on ESPN. The past two seasons, Liberty lost in the state finals to USA Today National Champion Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. As a junior, Oblad completed 62-percent of his passes for 3,784 yards and 38 touchdowns. He has thrown for 9,129 yards and 87 touchdowns for his career.

Four schools have offered Oblad. That list consists of BYU, Colorado State, San Diego State, and UNLV.

Last week, Oblad took advantage of his spring break to make the cross-country trip to UNC.

"I was blown away by North Carolina," Oblad said. "I have only been to the east coast one [other] time, and I liked the weather. It actually started raining a lot, which is weird because we don't get a lot of rain in Vegas. I liked the facilities and the coaches; they were real with you -- they didn't just say what you wanted to hear. North Carolina is one of my top schools. I like them a lot."

Besides UNC, Oblad has visited all four of his scholarship offering schools, plus California, Oregon, Stanford, Utah, and Washington. Later this month, he'll return to California to speak with its new staff and visit Fresno State.

Oblad's patient approach to the recruiting process will provide UNC plenty of time to do its homework on the passer.

"I kind of have to wait for the five-star and four-star QBs to commit for me to really think about [committing]," Oblad said. "... Once all the higher ranked guys commit, then I'll probably get more interest and then I'll probably commit once I narrow my mind down."

An old contact connected Oblad with UNC. Shawn White, who coached at Cornelius (N.C.) Hough during Corey Bell's and Carl Tucker's recruitments, is a member of Liberty's staff.

"My coach, Coach White, he kind of got it going, because he's friends with most of the [UNC] coaches," Oblad said. "He showed them my tape and stuff. I guess they liked it, so they wanted me to come up and visit, and talk to the coaches and see how I liked it."

Oblad touched down in Chapel Hill late last Wednesday night. But, his entire visit itinerary took place on Thursday. That morning, he toured the football facilities and academic support center. Along the way, he was given presentations at each stopping point. After lunch, he met with Heckendorf and visited the Carolina Basketball Museum.

The near hour-long meeting with Heckendorf consisted of more than just an offer status update.

"He had a little Powerpoint [presentation] for us," Oblad said. "He talked about what it's like to be a quarterback at North Carolina and how he runs things. He talked about how he coaches. 

"He talked about how he likes his quarterbacks. Like, he doesn't want somebody who, if they brought in two quarterbacks, then they're going to be like, 'Oh, I don't want to go to North Carolina anymore because there are two quarterbacks coming.' He wants them to want to compete and say, 'I don't care who you bring in -- I'm going to beat the other guy out.'"

Albeit not nearly as long, Oblad also met with Larry Fedora on Thursday.

"He just said he was glad for me to come up here," Oblad said. "He asked me how the flight was and how I liked the day so far. He said he liked me and he wanted me to come back up for a camp."

Oblad will determine if he'll return to UNC for a camp based on the feedback he receives from Heckendorf's Spring Evaluation visit.

A UNC practice concluded Oblad's stay.

"I liked the practice a lot," Oblad said. "I liked that it's high-tempo and real organized. I liked the coaches -- how they taught, the drills they ran. And I liked the offense."

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