A visit to North Carolina on Thursday completely flabbergasted Nick Fulwider. It had a similar impact on his mother and grandmother, who both accompanied the 6-foot-7, 230-pound defensive end on the trip.
"It was incredible," Fulwider said. "We got a chance to ask all of our questions; we basically met the majority of the staff that was going to be involved in my college life, if I decided to go there; and we got all our questions answered satisfactorily. It was just a smooth visit."
Ironically, the visit was a toss-in. Fulwider scheduled a visit to Duke, a few weeks back. However, when the Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek product realized Chapel Hill was basically down the street, he figured he might as well drop by UNC, also.
"[UNC] exceeded my expectations," Fulwider said. "Right now, they're pretty high up on my list. I like the school.
"Really, it was how close the school is -- it's close, but yet far away [from home]. The academic side of North Carolina, my mom loved. I liked how everything was kind of structured with the D-line coach and how he basically studied my form and knew what I needed to work on."
Arkansas, Louisville, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt are some of the other schools that are high on Fulwider's list.
Fulwider is eyeing a late summer verbal commitment. If that doesn't come to fruition -- because he's unable to squeeze all of his visits in -- he'll look to choose a school by mid-season.
Besides Duke and UNC, Fulwider has visited Georgia Tech, Louisville, South Alabama, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. He plans on visiting Arkansas, Indiana, Purdue, and most likely Rutgers this summer.
Although UNC held a camp on Thursday, Fulwider didn't participate. Much of his visit consisted of tours and meetings with UNC coaches, including Larry Fedora.
"[Fedora] was just basically telling me what everything would be like during my first year at North Carolina and their schedule when it comes to workouts and practices," Fulwider said.
Fulwider also had a lengthy meeting with Deke Adams, the Heels' D-line coach.
"He just talked about basically how he coaches and what he would expect from me if I committed there," Fulwider said. "He talked about the defensive scheme and what he likes to run."
Fulwider is looking into returning to UNC. If it doesn't occur late this summer, it will be an in-season visit.