Manuel Visits UNC

In an attempt to unofficially visit each of his final ten schools, E.J. Manuel stopped by North Carolina Saturday with his parents.

"It went great," said Manuel. "I'll be taking a lot more visits, and then taking it from there. I don't really have positions for schools yet, I'm just taking it how it goes."

Manuel, a 6-foot-5 205-pound quarterback from Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside, trimmed his list of schools a few weeks back to Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Maryland, Miami, UNC, Oregon, Tennessee, Rutgers and Penn State

One chief factor helped the Tar Heels make the cut.

"The new coaching staff," said Manuel. "I also talked to Marvin Austin a few times and he had a lot of good things to say about Carolina as well."

Last summer, Manuel camped at North Carolina. However, Saturday's stay marked the first visit Manuel had made to Chapel Hill with the new staff in place.

During his stay, Manuel met each member of UNC's coaching staff. He spoke the most with offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach John Shoop, who met with Manuel in the film room.

"Pretty much, we talked about my future; we talked about ‘Xs and Os;' then we talked about mechanics and how he would better me as a quarterback for the next level," said Manuel.

Shoop also broke down UNC's situation at quarterback.

"He said they have Mike Paulus coming in next year and I would come in and compete," said Manuel. "That's all I want – to be able to compete for the job.

"He said there are only two kids that they've offered – me and [Braden Hanson]."

Before ending his visit, Manuel sat down with Butch Davis.

"He talked a lot about the team and how they plan on being in the future in the ACC," said Manuel. "He plans on changing the whole program."

After completing his unofficial visits, Manuel will continue to work towards making a verbal commitment before the start of his senior football season.

"I'm not sure if I'm going to narrow it down to five or if I'll just commit," said Manuel. "I'm kind of undecided in that area right now."

Manuel's pledge could come any moment between now and his season opener.

"Maybe a couple months, maybe a couple weeks – I'm not really sure [when I'll commit]," said Manuel, adding that he considers all schools equal right now.

"[I'm looking for] the ability to play and get in there and learn from a really good quarterback coach," said Manuel. "I want him to take the things I'm already good at and make them better.

"I also wouldn't mind playing for a national championship."

Manuel will continue with his travels on June 21st with a trip to Florida State.

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