'Great Visit' for Womble

Jamal Womble finished off his swing of visits in the Carolinas with an unofficial trip to North Carolina Saturday.

"It was a great visit," said Womble. "I had a good time and a good camp."

Womble, a 5-foot-11 215-pound tailback from Sierra Vista (Ariz.) Buena, is originally from the coast of North Carolina, and he and most of his family are UNC fans.

UNC running back coach Ken Browning is recruiting Womble and invited him to the campus.

After visiting both Wake Forest and South Carolina earlier in the week, Womble, his parents, and teammate Jake Muasau arrived in Chapel Hill Saturday morning. Womble and Muasau proceeded to participate in the Saturday morning session of UNC's three-day team camp.

Womble worked out closely with Browning during the early parts of the camp.

"He's good," said Womble. "He's a real calm guy. He's really hands on. He shows you everything thoroughly before he let's you do it."

After about an hour, campers broke into their respective teams. Womble and Muasau were thrown on a squad from South Carolina and immediately upgraded the talent level.

"I scored both touchdowns for the team and the two-point conversation to win the game," said Womble. "I did good. I had a couple of catches. It went pretty good for me."

Towards the end of the session, John Blake pulled Womble to the side and had him participate in "routes-on-air" drills with some of the other camp standouts.

"He just said they would like to see me work out with the other elite guys," said Womble. "I worked out at receiver.

"They said I had one of the best workouts of the day. They were extremely impressed."

After the practice session, Womble and company were given a tour of the campus.

"I love it," said Womble. "I loved everything – from the stadium to the dinning facilities. I liked it all."

Before leaving Chapel Hill, Womble sat down with members of the coaching staff including Browning and offensive coordinator John Shoop.

"They showed me some film on how they'd use me if I came," said Womble.

They also touched on the topic of a possible UNC scholarship offer.

"They said they can't extend an offer because Coach [Butch] Davis was out," said Womble. "They have to discuss it with him before they offer.

"About a day after the camp, Coach Browning texted me saying they saw my tape and they said I shot to the top of their list of running backs. He said if I came, I'd definitely have a great chance of playing early."

Womble holds 18 scholarship offers including from Arizona State, Illinois, Nebraska, Oregon State, Purdue, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

In addition to the three Carolina schools, Womble has unofficially visited Arizona, Purdue, and Stanford.

With several visits under his belt, Womble has established a top three.

"Everybody is even but about three schools are on the top; that would be North Carolina, South Carolina, and Nebraska," said Womble.

"With Nebraska, I like the tradition and coaching staff. The running backs coach [Randy Jordan], I like the way he coaches and his enthusiasm about the game.

"North Carolina is real close to where my family is at; so they'll be able to watch me and I won't be too far away. All my family are fans; I like UNC. I had a great time on the campus, it was a good camp. Coach Browning seems to be a real good guy. Coach Davis has a good reputation with past players.

"At South Carolina, Coach [Steve] Spurrier and [Robert] Gillespie really have got that program heading into the right direction. They have a lot of new facilities when I went down there. The stadium is really nice."

Womble won't make his final decision until after taking all five of his official visits.

Already, Womble has scheduled official visits to both Nebraska (September 14th) and South Carolina (November 24th). If everything falls in place, Womble will schedule an official visit to UNC.

"If North Carolina offers, I'll be taking an official visit there, also," said Womble.

As a junior, Womble rushed for 1,223 yards and 14 touchdowns on 187 carries (6.5-yard average). For his accomplishments, Womble was named to the all-area and all-region teams, and was an honorable mention for the all-state team.

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