Eye-Opening Official for Spence

In spite of his verbal commitment to Miami, Sean Spence continued to officially visit other schools with this past weekend's trip to North Carolina.

"You can say [it has affected my commitment] a little bit," Spence said. "It opened my eyes to some new things.

"It was a nice visit, a nice college town; it had a beautiful campus and a great college atmosphere. There's always something to do there. Once the football season is over, there's the basketball season. You can really never be bored there."

Spence, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound linebacker from Miami (Fla.) Northwestern, maintains that he's still verbally committed to Miami, a decision he made in early August.

As it turns out, the visit to UNC came close to not happening.

"There wasn't any hesitation; I was going to take the trip. Only thing was we were real late getting on our flight," Spence said. "There were so many people in the airport trying to get in their flight."

Spence, who was accompanied by teammate and fellow official visitor Marcus Forston, arrived on campus a few hours before UNC's ACC contest with Maryland.

"Before the game they showed us around campus for a little while," Spence said. "And then we watched [the team] get off the bus and see how the fans are…. We went to eat, talked to Coach Butch Davis for a little bit, [and] then we watched the game."

In addition to enjoying UNC's victory, Spence said he was impressed by the game time atmosphere.

"I really liked it," Spence said. "[They] had a lot of fans covered in blue – like the sky was in the stadium. It was nice."

Following the game, Spence met and spent time with host Deunta Williams.

"He's a real cool guy, down to earth guy," Spence said. "He's very talented on the field. I think he's going to be a good player in the future."

Spence also spent a lot of time with John Blake, his primary recruiter.

"[He said] they are really in need for linebackers, and the chances of me coming in here as a true freshman and starting are very high," Spence said. "He said this place is ready to explode, because everything is changing in the Butch Davis era."

Additionally, Spence sat down with Tommy Thigpen, UNC's linebacker coach.

"He was just showing me the schemes that they run and how they read the gap responsibility," Spence said. "Basically, what I'd need to know if I came there."

Monday morning, Spence's visit was topped off with the customary official visit meeting with Davis.

"He was just talking about the staff," Spence said. "He said there are ten full-time people on his staff including him and eight of them have either played in the NFL or coached in the NFL.

"Everybody's dream is to make it to the pros and become successful. There's no other place where you can go and you have that many guys on the staff that come from the pros.

"He said it's a wonderful opportunity for us to come in, play as true freshmen, and change North Carolina."

Spence, who has already taken an official visit to Tennessee, will finish up his official visits schedule with stops to Miami, Rutgers, and South Florida.

Facing December graduation, Spence said he will solidify his college destination by late-November/early-December, and then enroll in January.

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