Maddox: UNC 'Best Visit So Far'

North Carolina took a huge step this past weekend in the recruitment of Anderson (S.C.) Hanna tailback Brian Maddox, as the blue chip prospect left his unofficial visit to Chapel Hill extremely impressed.

"This was the best visit I've been on so far," Maddox told Inside Carolina on Monday. "I learned about Coach [Frank] Cignetti and his background at Fresno State, and that they want to run the ball a lot - extremely a lot. The strength and conditioning program was amazing.

"The strength coach [Jeff Connors] seems like a great person, and all the players I talked to said he was a nice person to train with."

Recently, Maddox made the last cuts to his favorites' list, leaving Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and South Carolina as his final options. But although he lacks a leader, he says UNC is in a very good position.

"I honestly think North Carolina has the best situation for me right now, with their running back situation, how they run the ball and how they throw it to their backs," Maddox said.

Maddox kicked off the visit with one-on-one conversations with UNC coaches Cignetti, Andre' Powell and John Bunting.

"Coach Cignetti sat down and talked football with me," said Maddox. "He told me how they would use me in the offense. They said I'm their number one [running] back."

The visit then continued with dinner at the End Zone Club with UNC AD Dick Baddour, members of the coaching staff, and a handful of players include Barrington Edwards, Ronnie McGill and Trimane Goddard.

The night was then topped off by "hanging out" with Edwards and McGill.

After spending the night in Chapel Hill, Maddox unofficially visited N.C. State.

Today, Maddox gave a thank you call to the Tar Heels coaching staff.

"I actually talked to Coach Bunting, Coach [Marvin] Sanders, and Coach [Tommy] Thigpen today," said Maddox. "I just told them I had an outstanding time. They said they would love for me to become apart of the Tar Heel family."

Tonight, Maddox will sit down with his father and reevaluate his schools. He will make his decision public on June 2nd, but will know where he is going on May 28th.

In addition to the members of his favorites list, Maddox also sports scholarship offers from Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, N.C. State, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech.

A two-time all-conference selection, Maddox rushed 200 times for 1,328 yards and 26 touchdowns during his junior year. He also added 740 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns.

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