UNC Seeking Another Volunteer

After hosting Alonzo Winfield for an unofficial visit over the weekend, the North Carolina coaching staff has increased its efforts with another North Carolinian who has verbally committed to Tennessee – Daryl Vereen.

Vereen, a 6-foot 195-pound athlete from Huntersville (N.C.) North Mecklenburg, verbally committed to the Volunteers in June. However, he arranged an in-home visit with the UNC coaches last week that ultimately fell through.

"They didn't really come down to my house – something happened with that," said Vereen.

"I talked to Thigpen, Saturday. He just really wanted me to keep Carolina in mind and he just wanted to know if I wanted to come up there. We haven't made a day [for me to visit]. I don't know yet [if I'll visit UNC]. He said [Davis] probably would be in contact with me."

Although his pledge remains "solid," Vereen isn't ready to completely close any doors.

"Tennessee's still really there," said Vereen. "I'm listening [to North Carolina], but it's Tennessee, really."

Working against the Tar Heels is the fact that they haven't put a scholarship offer on the table yet for Vereen.

"[If they offer], it would make me think, but I don't think it would just change my commitment because of an offer," said Vereen.

In addition to Tennessee, Vereen holds offers from N.C. State and South Carolina.

Vereen hasn't decided whether he will take official visits to schools outside of Knoxville.

"I'm still debating on it," said Vereen. "I might, but I'm still thinking about it with my parents."

If Vereen does indeed decide to take official visits, he said he "might" include a trip to North Carolina.

During his senior season, Vereen broke the county record for rushing yards in a season by collecting 2,603 yards. He also scored 31 touchdowns.

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