Gray's Parents Approve After Visit

Although Chris Gray's verbal commitment to North Carolina is considered firm, the Tar Heels had one last test to pass – gaining the approval of his parents.

"[My parents and I] made the trip [to Chapel Hill] this past Saturday," said Gray. "They really liked it. They really enjoyed the campus and liked the coaching staff. They really liked what [UNC] has to offer. They're glad I made the right choice."

Gray, a 6-foot-4 260-pound offensive lineman from Landrum (S.C.), verbally committed to North Carolina last week just four days after receiving a scholarship offer from the Tar Heels. However, he made the pledge before his parents visited the campus.

The Grays arrived in Chapel Hill Saturday afternoon and spent the majority of the day on campus. After meeting with the coaches, they toured the campus and football facilities. The visit was then capped off with a long meeting with head coach John Bunting.

Gray's parents were most impressed with the Tar Heels' head man.

"[Bunting] said stuff about the school – how good the school is, how their football program works," said Gray. "Coach Bunting is a really nice guy; they really enjoyed talking to him."

Location also was appealing to the Grays.

"We all like the campus," said Gray. "It's not a real huge town, so it gives a small town feel. I'm a small town guy, so that's what we like about it. It's really not that bad of a drive [from Landrum to Chapel Hill]; it's really only two roads from here to there."

Making his first visit to North Carolina as a commit, Chapel Hill is already beginning to feel like home for Gray.

"It was different," said Gray. "I could actually picture myself there in about another year."

Although still unsure where along the offensive line UNC plans to plug him in, Gray feels he could play any position along the line.

During his junior season at Landrum High School, Gray led his team in knock blocks and graded out higher than any of his teammates. Gray was named to the all-region team.

Gray's senior football season begins August 18th against Chesnee (S.C.). He will start at both offensive tackle and defensive end for the Cardinals.

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