Heels Moving Up Latif's List

Although North Carolina has always been among the schools Khalil Latif has considered, he has never firmly mentioned the Tar Heels on his list of favorites. That is until the 6-foot-2, 280-pound guard unofficially visited Chapel Hill this past Saturday.

"I think UNC's up there now [with the rest of my favorites]," said Latif. "I got to spend more time with the coaches and see how they are. When I was down there before, there were so many people there; I couldn't get to go one-on-one with the coaches."

Latif, a product of Midlothian (Va.) Manchester, attended the Tar Heels' junior day during the spring, but couldn't take much away from the visit.

"It was just a different feel because when I went up previously, there was like 300 people there," said Latif. "So I got a chance to talk to the coaches a little more in-depth and look at more stuff."

In addition to UNC, Latif, who holds between 10-15 scholarship offers, is also considering Maryland, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

"I like those programs and their coaches," said Latif. "I think some of those places I can see the field early, hopefully."

During his Chapel Hill stay, Latif didn't participate in the Tar Heels' individual rising senior camp, but he did observe the camp and toured the campus.

"They showed us around and we watched the camp," said Latif. "It gave me a chance to see how the coaches coached. I like the way Coach [Mark] Weber coached. He's a pretty good guy. He's direct and to the point – he doesn't play around a lot."

Latif spoke with Weber, as well as head coach John Bunting and offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti.

"They were just [saying] they would like me to play there and they were just talking about the program," said Latif.

Surprisingly, this past weekend's trip to UNC was Latif's first unofficial visit of the summer. He does, however, plan to visit Virginia Tech in August.

During the latter part of his senior season, Latif said he will take his official visits with his four favorites being likely destinations. He then hopes to make a verbal commitment in late November/early December.

As a junior at Midlothian (Va.) Manchester, Latif was named All-Dominon District first team, All-Central Region first team, All-Metro (Richmond) first team, and second team All-State. On the year the 6-foot-2, 276-pounder collected 87 pancake blocks.

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