Young: 'The Fans Knew Me Already'

Choosing a highlight of Thaddeus Young's trip to Chapel Hill this past weekend was easy.

"The halftime show when the team received their championship rings," the 6-foot-7 ½ Mitchell High (Tenn.) senior said.

Young took his second official this past weekend to North Carolina – one week after visiting Georgia Tech and one week prior to his trip to Kentucky. Young will also visit Arkansas the weekend of Midnight Madness and also plans to take an official visit to either Memphis or Tennessee.

"They showed me the school and how it would be when I get there," Young said of his visit this weekend. "The sights of the city. You eat good and everything is basically paid for. We stayed on the finest hotel on the campus and got showed a good time."

Young, who arrived on Friday morning, was hosted by sophomore point guard Quentin Thomas.

He went to breakfast, got situated in his hotel room, was given a brief tour of the campus by the coaching staff and met all the players. Then he watched an early morning workout, was taken on a tour of the facilities and saw the dorm rooms and all the "cool places on campus".

Young said he also attended a couple of classes on his visit and, along with a handful of other recruits and a trio of committed players (Wayne Ellington, Tywon Lawson and William Graves), took in the football game on Saturday. Then he went out in the town with some of the players at night.

"Everywhere I went, fans knew me already," Young said. "They saw us and would keep saying that we needed to come. They had shirts with our names on them and we signed a lot of autographs."

"When you get there, they really make you feel at home," added Young. "They keep up so much with basketball and know you already. Even when the football team was losing, they were still cheering like crazy."

Young left at 11 a.m. today and won't be ending his recruitment anytime soon. He has plans to take all five of his official visits before making a decision.

"I've still got at least two more visits to go," he said. "I've got to see how everything plays out at the end, but I really enjoyed my first two visits to Georgia Tech and North Carolina."

Both Young and his father, Felton, maintained that one key for wherever he ends up is a place that will allow him to play the small forward and shooting guard spot.

"At Mitchell, I'll be in the post," Thaddeus Young said. "But I can step out. I'm trying to make the conversion to the two and the three."

"They're all programs that he can step in and play right away, but my biggest concern is where he'll get a chance to step in and play the two and the three," added Felton, who played professional basketball. "I want to make sure he goes somewhere he can play on the perimeter."

"Once he finishes the visits, we'll sit down and talk about it," added Felton.

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