UNC Moves Up for Four-Star LB

Ebele Okakpu entered the weekend completely wide open to all of the 17 schools that have offered him a scholarship. However, after an unofficial visit to North Carolina, the Scout.com four-star linebacker has a slight leader.

"I really like them a lot," said Okakpu of the Tar Heels. "I liked them before, but now after the visit I like them more.

"I could say that North Carolina has a little bit of a lead now, because of the visit. I really like the campus – I like the whole setup and everything – and I like the coaches."

Okakpu, a 6-foot-1 200-pounder from Roswell (Ga.), arrived at UNC Saturday afternoon after visiting Clemson. He returned Sunday morning after spending the night at a nearby hotel.

"It went really well," said Okakpu. "I went on the campus tour and everything. It went good; it went really well."

The campus tour kicked off Okakpu's UNC stay.

"I really liked [the campus], it was really nice," said Okakpu. "It was really clean. I was just amazed."

Amid summer vacations, UNC's coaching staff was shorthanded. Absent were both Butch Davis and Tommy Thigpen, who is UNC's linebacker coach and Okakpu's primary recruiter.

Regardless, assistants Steve Hagen and Chuck Pagano hosted Okakpu and his family.

"They were just talking to me about how it's a good place and how I really have the chance to play early," said Okakpu.

When Okakpu returned to campus Sunday morning, he spent time with assistant Sam Pittman before heading back to Georgia.

"I just talked to him and he showed me the rest of the buildings," said Okakpu.

Okakpu is sticking to his plans of making his collegiate decision by the end of the month. Before then, he is looking to visit Auburn, Georgia, and Virginia Tech.

In addition to UNC and Clemson, Okakpu has already visited Georgia, Georgia Tech, and South Carolina.

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