Byrd, 6-foot-5 235-pound tight end from Thomasville (N.C.), revealed that the change in regime has resulted in UNC increasing their recruiting efforts.
"Since the firing of John Bunting, they've been showing a little bit more attention then they were," said Byrd. "Coach [Marvin] Sanders has been keeping up with me."
However, North Carolina still has yet to put a scholarship offer on the table.
"They said they're planning on [offering] – thinking about it," said Byrd. "So until that happens, I don't see anything changing with me."
While he insists that there's nothing behind the trip, Byrd will return to Chapel Hill on January 26th for an official visit.
"I'm just checking it out right now, but I'm still committed to East Carolina," said Byrd.
During Sunday's stay, Byrd hung around Sanders and tight end coach Steve Hagen.
"I spent most of my time with the coaches just to get a feel for them," said Byrd. "[They discussed] how they feel I can fit in their offense and they enjoyed seeing me play in the state championship game and the Shrine Bowl game."
In December, Byrd helped Thomasville win their third consecutive NCHSAA 1A State Championship. Thomasville opened their run-dominate offense up enough to allow Byrd to catch 15 passes for 207 yards and five touchdowns.