UT Verbal to Visit UNC

North Carolina assistant John Lovett made his recruiting pitch to J.T. Floyd Thursday. Despite his verbal commitment to Tennessee, the 6-foot, 185-pound athlete from Greenville (S.C.) Mann is listening.

"Coach Lovett, he's a real cool guy; I like how enthusiastic he is," Floyd said. "He's a real straight shooter. I feel like if I were to ever go to UNC, he'll tell me how it is.

"He believes in competition and that's what I believe in. He said if I come to UNC, there's competition there. He said everybody has equal opportunity and that's a real big thing."

Last week's contact was the first major pitch UNC has made for Floyd.

"It was the first time I figured North Carolina had some interest in me," said Floyd. "I've always looked at North Carolina. It seems like a real good program and I think it's on the rise now that Butch Davis is there."

Lovett extended Floyd an invitation to UNC's June one-day camp. A scheduling conflict has forced him to take a rain check.

"My team is going to South Carolina on June 2nd, but I'll be sure to try to make it up there," said Floyd. "If I can't make it for a camp day at UNC, I'll try to just make it up there [for an unofficial visit] sometime between the middle and end of June."

Floyd verbally committed to Tennessee last September. However, the efforts of other schools have forced him to slowly open his mind.

"It's a soft verbal," said Floyd. "I'm still going to look around and see what other colleges have to offer just to make sure UT is the best place for me."

This summer will play a major role in Floyd's recruitment. In addition to his trip to UNC, he plans on visiting Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, N.C. State, and possibly Miami.

"Right after I get back from my visits this summer, I'm going to sit down with my family and talk about it and I'll pretty much narrow it down," said Floyd. "At least, I'll narrow it down to five before the start of the football season.

"If I go everywhere else and Tennessee is still the place, then I'll end it right then and there. But if other places have pulled up on my list, I'll narrow it down to five and take my [official] visits."

Academics and a coaching staff that will provide an opportunity to earn playing time are the factors Floyd is concentrating the most on.

"First off, I want a great education," said Floyd. "I'm thinking about majoring in either engineering or some type of business.

"[I'm looking for] great coaches, especially at my position. I want a coach that's real enthusiastic, someone who loves his job, someone who gives anybody equal opportunity no matter if he's a freshman or a senior."

Floyd is being recruited mostly as a defensive back.

"[Lovette] asked me which would I rather play – corner or safety. And I said ‘Wherever I can get on the field,'" said Floyd.

"I pride myself on being a corner that can play safety and a safety that can play corner. I think that just opens up opportunity for you to get on the field."

In addition to playing both safety and cornerback, Floyd plays wide receiver for Mann.

Despite missing three games, Floyd collected 50 tackles and five interceptions. He returned one touchdown for a score. On offense, he caught 25 passes for 480 yards and five touchdowns.

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