Catching up with Roger Heinz

<i>Inside Carolina</i> catches up with Florida quarterback and UNC football verbal committment, Roger Heinz. Heinz visited North Carolina during last Saturday's contest with Georgia Tech and talks about his visit and his impressions of the game.

North Carolina has a verbal committment from Roger Heinz, (6-2, 190, 4.6) quarterback from North Florida Christian High School in Tallahassee, Florida. Heinz passed for over 2,000 yards last season and connected on 29 touchdown passes, leading his team to the Florida State Championship in their division.

Heinz's high shool team is 2-1 with the only loss to Tallahassee powerhouse Lincoln High School. Roger has been as successful running the ball as passing the ball, with 177 yards rushing in his last game. He had runs of 70 and 72 yards for touchdowns in that victory. His high school coach compares him to former Florida quarterback Casey Weldon.

Heinz spoke with Inside Carolina on Monday following his trip to Chapel Hill to watch UNC-Ga. Tech.  He and his parents drove down from Louisville, Kentucky, where they had watched Roger's brother play.

"Loved every minute of it," said Heinz of his visit to Chapel Hill, "They treated me like a king while I was there having something to do almost every minute. This was an unofficial visit, but they really took good care of me."

Heinz got to meet other North Carolina recruits such as tight end Jon Hamlett, and perspective recruits, like linebacker Joe Kedra.  Heinz noted that Kedra seemed to enjoy his Chapel Hill visit.

Of the loss to Georgia Tech, Heinz said, "I thought they (Carolina) played really well except for that fumble on the goalline. The defense missed some tackles though."

Heinz was able to spend some time in the Carolina locker room before the game and said of head coach John Bunting, "Coach Bunting is a really enthusiastic guy. He is also very precise."

Since the trip up from Florida is a lengthy one, Heinz does not plan to visit UNC during the rest of the football season, though he may come for an official visit during the North Carolina - Kentucky basketball game on Dec. 7.



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