Visit Puts Heels in the Hunt for Rivers

While the North Carolina coaching staff continues to mend fences with Trinton Sturdivant, his Wadesboro (N.C.) Anson teammate Barquell Rivers seems to have forgiven and forgotten about the recruiting delay caused by a coaching change.

"I really like North Carolina [after the visit]," said Rivers. "They really welcomed me when I was there."

During his stay in Chapel Hill, Rivers was treated like part of the team as he sat in on meetings and spent time with his position coach, Tommy Thigpen.

"I got to meet Coach [John] Bunting, and got to spend a lot of time with the linebacker coach, Coach Thigpen," said Rivers. "We talked a lot and I sat in on a defensive meeting."

If his schedule allows it, Rivers could make another stop in Chapel Hill for the Tar Heels' spring game this weekend. He is also considering spring games at N.C. State and South Carolina, as well as the Shrine Bowl Combine in Matthews (N.C.), which all are held this Saturday.

After a handful of unofficial visits and some pondering, Rivers has developed a list of schools he "has on his mind" and North Carolina is one of them.

"They're real close to home," said Rivers. "It seems like real good place and I know that I'll fit in there well."

In addition to the Tar Heels, Rivers is also strongly considering Clemson, Florida, Florida State, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

A key to Rivers' recruitment might be the decision of his other teammate Michael Bowman.

"[Where Sturidvant and Bowman commit to is] not going to affect my mind that much, but me and Michael would like to go to school together," said Rivers.

A week ago, Rivers was among the solid performers during's All-American Combine. After checking in at 5-foot-11 and 206 pounds, Rivers recorded 4.79 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 4.66 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle, 7.78 seconds in the L-cone drill, 34 inches in the vertical jump and 8-feet in the broad jump.

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