Milstead Firm After Visit

Days after North Carolina announced that John Bunting would not return next season as head coach, a disappointed Lamar Milstead was unsure of the future of his pledge to the Tar Heels. However, this past weekend's unofficial visit to Chapel Hill has apparently eased his concerns.

"I'm still going to stay with North Carolina to see where it goes," said Milstead. "Even though most of the [assistant] coaches are going to be gone, I still feel that's the place where I want to be. I'm going to go down there and get to know the new coach and new coaching staff. That's the place I want to be, so I'm going to stay with North Carolina."

Milstead, a 6-foot-5 270-pound offensive tackle from Washington (D.C.) Ballou, headed down to Chapel Hill this past weekend to absorb the game atmosphere of Kenan Stadium for the first time this season.

"It was good," said Milstead. "Going up against a team like Georgia Tech and holding them to one score was good, despite the lack of production on offense. The offense just couldn't get it started. The defense did great. It was a hard fought game, I'll say that much."

Following the game, Milstead spoke with members of the current coaching staff.

"They didn't really give me information [they] just told me how things have been going," said Milstead. "I wasn't going to get into [the coaching situation] to tell you the truth so they didn't say all that much about it."

Milstead has, however, heard the rumblings that Butch Davis will replace Bunting, but no one at UNC would say officially.

"To tell you the truth, I hear he's a great coach," said Milstead. "He got Miami situated when he was there. I don't really know too much about him, so I can't really comment."

Milstead is looking to take his official visit to North Carolina in December and expects that the new coach and staff will be in place at that point.

Before heading home, Milstead, who was hosted by Deunta Williams, attended a UNC basketball game.

Fresh off a bye week, Milstead and Ballou play their first playoff game against Washington (D.C.) Wilson. Ballou heads into the contest with a 7-3 record.

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