Heels in Contact with Georgia DE

During the Evaluation Period, Tommy Thigpen discovered A.J. Portee, a 6-foot-4 200-pounder from Atlanta (Ga.) Mays. Since then, the two have been in constant contact.

"I've been talking to Coach ‘Thig,'" said Portee. "I really like the Tar Heels. So me and him have been texting back-and-forth over the summer."

While Portee has collected scholarship offers from Auburn and Mississippi State, UNC would like to see Portee in person before they pull the trigger.

"[Thigpen] said they really like me," said Portee. "He wants to get me up there so they can see how I can do my stuff."

Portee is "not sure" if he'll be able to make it up to UNC for the July camp.

During the spring, Portee visited Georgia Tech. He planned on visiting Mississippi State and Auburn last weekend.

Despite the lack of a visit, North Carolina is in Portee's top five.

"I'm really liking Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Auburn, and North Carolina," said Portee. "Those schools I'm really looking into."

Portee said he will take all five of his official visits before making a verbal commitment.

While Portee is being recruited for defensive end, he is receiving looks for linebacker especially from schools like Auburn that will be including 3-4 schemes within their defense. UNC is recruiting him exclusively as a defensive end.

"I really like defensive end, that's where my heart's at," said Portee. "I've played that during my high school career, so that's my bread-and-butter."

From his D-end position, Portee totaled 70 tackles and 13 sacks and was named to the all-district team. This fall his coach plans on installing some 3-4 formations into Mays' defense to display and take advantage of Portee's abilities.

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