UNC Impresses Georgia Committment

While he still isn't wavering from his early pledge to Georgia, North Carolina was able to leave a strong impression on Dwayne Allen during his unofficial visit to Chapel Hill Sunday.

"Oh man, they're a totally different team," said Allen. "Regardless of the outcome of this upcoming season, Carolina is a program on the rise. I believe it, everyone in there believes it, and they just have that charisma and the atmosphere that is in there is just like an upcoming program. They believe they are going to contend for a championship and they want to recruit to contend for a championship. I believe they can do it."

Allen, a 6-foot-4 230-pound tight end from Fayetteville (N.C.) Sanford, arrived on campus at 2:00 Sunday afternoon and didn't leave until after the basketball game.

"I was very entertained the whole time I was there," said Allen. "The coaching staff was great."

Before attending North Carolina's basketball game against Duke, Allen spend most of his time with UNC's coaching staff – more specifically defensive coordinator John Blake.

"[We talked about] just everything – life really," said Allen. "[We talked about] how my decision of where I'm going to go to school is going to affect my life and the people around me, but basically my life.

"[We talked] about the new coaching staff and the opportunity that I would have if I would to come play at Carolina and just the type of people I would meet."

The staff also made sure to ask about the status of Allen's verbal commitment to Georgia, which was made last December.

"They asked me how firm it was and how they can't let me go out of state," said Allen. "[I told them] that it was firm."

However, before heading to UNC, Allen attended Tom Lemming's photo shoot where he heard some discouraging rumors.

"Actually, when meeting with Tom Lemming I learned some more information on the recruiting class that Georgia had [last year]," said Allen. "I was told Aaron White was going to be a split end and not a tight end. But talking to Tom Lemming, he mentioned that Aaron White was definitely a tight end. That definitely dampens things. I can't really say that affects the integrity, because I don't know if the information I was told was true."

Throughout his UNC stay, Allen spent time with fellow recruits and Tar Heel signees.

"I met up with Greg Little, Marvin Austin, Tydreke Powell – all the guys it was awesome," said Allen. "They really have a phenomenal recruiting class coming in and a great coaching staff."

Allen will return to Chapel Hill on March 24th for North Carolina's second Junior Day. He is also planning an unofficial trip to Clemson.

By May, Allen will decide whether or not he will attend any summer camps. If he chooses to, Allen said he will camp at Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, N.C. State, and Tennessee.

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