UNC Pursuing Duke Commitment

With Duke's recent termination of head coach Ted Roof, North Carolina has increased its recruiting efforts of Matt Daniels, a long-time Blue Devil pledge.

"I've been contacted a lot by Coach [Tommy] Thigpen and he's been recruiting me very hard," Daniels said. "He actually came to the school last week. He sat down and talked with me trying to set up an official visit. They've been on me pretty hard."

Daniels, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety from Fayetteville (Ga.) Fayette County, verbally committed to Duke back in April after an unofficial visit.

"My status is I still am committed to Duke and I will stay committed to Duke," Daniels said. "I'm still 100-percent with them. I'm still giving other schools looks and all, but as far as the future I will be a Blue Devil."

"Looks" include taking official visits. Daniels will be officially visiting Purdue this weekend and plans to schedule an official trip to UNC.

"Sometime in January [I'll visit UNC]," Daniels said. "We have not set up anything, yet."

In addition to Duke, Daniels has collected scholarship offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Air Force and Purdue. UNC has verbally offered him.

Thigpen first made contact with Daniels in July.

"[The contact has] really been constant," Daniels said. "He's just talking about Carolina football. We just carry on normal conversations. Sometimes we really don't even talk about football – we talk about how life is going and that type of stuff."

Thigpen has also discussed the situation surrounding safety, the position UNC is recruiting Daniels for.

"He told me I'll have a chance to play and get a lot of reps," Daniels said.

For Fayette County, Daniels played running back and safety. He ended his senior season by rushing for 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also passed for a touchdown on a trick play. Defensively, Daniels recorded four interceptions and 118 tackles (74 solo).

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