Blue Receives Official Look at UNC

With an in-home visit scheduled for this week, A.J. Blue's academic situation was not discussed during his official visit to North Carolina.

"They didn't say too much because they're coming down to the house Thursday," Blue said. "So we'll get some concrete answers on all that and spill everything out on Thursday."

Since receiving a UNC scholarship offer, Blue has aspired to verbally commit to the Tar Heels. However, academic concerns have prevented an actual commitment from taking place.

While he still has some work to do, Blue says his academic situation is improving. His only SAT taking failed to yield a qualifying score, but he says his score was close. Blue, who has been receiving SAT prep tutoring, is scheduled for the January 26th SAT testing.

Blue, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound athlete from Dallas (N.C.) North Gaston, did learn how UNC plans to utilize him.

"We talked about positions finally," Blue said. "They want to move me around like they do with Greg Little – a little bit of running back, a little bit of quarterback. They just want me on offense.

"I prefer to play quarterback, but as long as I'm out there on the field, I'm good."

Blue's visit served as a great opportunity for him to get to gel with current UNC players.

"I fit in really good, because I really got to know the players early," Blue said. "I think official visits are a good way to really check out the environment without the coaches – just see how everybody really is. I really liked it a lot."

Although Tavorris Jolly was assigned to host Blue, Kendric Burney ended up hosting him throughout the weekend.

"We just hung out and had a lot of fun," Blue said. "We played Madden a lot and watched the [NFL playoff] games."

Saturday afternoon, Blue observed UNC's basketball game against rival NC State.

"It was fun, I enjoyed it," Blue said. "I really enjoyed that one a lot."

Later that day, Blue met with Kenny Browning for his first real discussion with UNC's running back coach.

"We got kind of personal," Blue said. "We talked about our surroundings and our life. We just got to know each other."

Unless Blue becomes a part of UNC's verbal commitment list, he will take scheduled official visits to Catawba (Jan. 18th) and Newberry (Feb. 1st).

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