Whitmore Comes Away Impressed with UNC

Scout.com four-star prospect Brian Whitmore returned from his official visit to North Carolina on Sunday highly impressed with the Tar Heels. The defensive end from Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith is committed to Maryland but admits the verbal to the Terps is hardly firm.

"Soft, that's a nice way of putting it," Whitmore told Inside Carolina on Monday.

Whitmore, 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, will take his final official visits to South Carolina and Virginia Tech over the next two weekends, he said. Then he will call all the coaches from the schools recruiting him and make them aware of his decision.

However Whitmore doesn't plan to make his choice known publicly until Signing Day on Feb. 1.

Carolina redshirt freshman quarterback Bobby Rome, also from the Tidewater area, served as Whitmore's host.

"I hung with a bunch of players," he said. "They stuck me with some good roommates – (UNC commitments Aaris Reed and Darius Powell). I met a bunch of cool people. We went out to the End Zone and played some games. It was nice, the whole trip was nice.

"It's a nice school and a nice place to be. There's a lot stuff to do; it's a big campus. They are nice people. They show interest in you. They love you to death."

Whitmore said he was not concerned the Tar Heels' large list of 27 known verbals for 2006 as being a sticking point with his possibility of choosing UNC.

"They do have a lot of commitments, but they still want to work with me," he said. "They said I'm a top of the list guy and it would make they're day if they got me."

Whitmore recorded 15 sacks and returned an interception for 11-1 Oscar Smith last fall.

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