Abrams-Ward Enjoys UNC's Junior Day

Immediately after attending Tom Lemming's annual photo shoot in Raleigh, E.J. Abrams-Ward bolted to Chapel Hill for North Carolina's Junior Day. While the Thomasville (N.C.) native was impressed often during his stay, he said the highlight of the trip was the Tar Heels' basketball game against archrival Duke.

"The game was very intense," said Abrams-Ward. "I liked the crowd and the way [the game] went."

Before enjoying the latest chapter in the UNC-Duke rivalry, Abrams-Ward received a full tour of the football center including the weight room, locker room, and equipment room. As a big basketball fan – and basketball recruit – he also enjoyed a quick look at the basketball practice facilities and a pre-game tour of the Smith Center.

"It was pretty decent facilities – I'd say," said Abrams-Ward. "They were extending the weight room and the locker room and then they are going to remodel the players lounge. So I'll have to take a trip later on and see what it's like."

Additionally, Abrams-Ward spent a good bit of time with the Tar Heels' coaching staff.

"I enjoyed meeting the coaching staff," said Abrams-Ward. "I got to meet Coach [Butch] Davis and talked to the defensive coordinator and offensive coordinator.

"[We talked about] just how the school is a great academic school, what position I want to play, and what position they can put me at."

During discussions, Abrams-Ward, a 6-foot-5 205-pounder, discovered that the UNC coaching staff still has yet to zero in on one position to recruit him at.

"They're just going to keep recruiting me, looking at me my senior year," said Abrams-Ward. "And then they'll see what position I would be best at and where they can use me at."

Abrams-Ward said he exited Chapel Hill with the feeling that North Carolina is a football program on the rise.

"Everybody knows they are getting better right now – they've got a new coaching staff. Butch Davis is remodeling everything so they're on the rise as far as their facilities and football program. I'm just keeping an open mind about that."

Regardless, Abrams-Ward isn't any closer to naming favorites.

"I'm just going to keep trying to take my unofficial visits – my junior days, spring practices – and see how that goes," he said.

Abrams-Wards, who has also visited East Carolina, will unofficially visit N.C. State this coming Saturday after his NCHSAA State Championship basketball game against North Edgecombe, which is taking place on NCSU's campus.

He has no additional unofficial visits planned, but expects to entertain several more trips before the summer.

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