Mason's Teammate Also Visits UNC

Rashad Mason wasn't the only product of Nashville (Tenn.) Pearl-Cohn to officially visit North Carolina this past weekend. Brian Gupton, a 6-foot-2 190-pound athlete, also was in Chapel Hill over the weekend for an official visit.

"I really liked the visit," said Gupton. "It was like a real family thing. They treated us more like family than just a player.

"We talked to the coaches, we ate – it was basically like a family thing. Like I was saying, it was more like we were visiting distant relatives."

While talking to head coach Butch Davis and primary recruiter Charlie Williams, Gupton discussed UNC's plans for the versatile athlete, who played wide receiver and cornerback for Pearl-Cohn.

"They're looking at me as a wide receiver, but Coach Williams says I can play both," said Gupton. "He told me they're looking to bring in four wide receivers."

North Carolina hasn't put a scholarship offer on the table yet and has yet to discuss the status of a possible tender.

During Sunday night's basketball game against Florida State, Gupton got to see a squad he admires take the court as well as a close friend of his play.

"I liked [the basketball game]," said Gupton. "North Carolina basketball has always been a big thing to me. They have one of my friends, Brendan Wright, on the team. It was neat to see him play and the atmosphere of it."

Gupton left his official visit feeling at home in Chapel Hill.

"I really like North Carolina," said Gupton. "It's kind of like Nashville, but it's in North Carolina."

Like Mason, Gupton become aware of North Carolina's interest in mid-December.

"Coach [Charlie] Williams called me," said Gupton. "He said I needed to come take a trip [to UNC] with Rashad. He was saying I could become a good player at North Carolina and I could help turn the football team around."

According to Gupton, most schools are waiting on his transcripts before offering or setting up an official visit. However, he does have a second official trip scheduled with Missouri State on January 26th.

During his senior season, Gupton caught 16 passes for 500 yards. He also recorded seven interceptions and 30 tackles.


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