Speedy Athlete Sets UNC Official

After extending a scholarship offer over the weekend, North Carolina sent assistant coach Chuck Pagano to Blairtown (N.J.) Blair Academy to talk more in-depth with Ed Imeokparia, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound athlete.

"Coach Pagano came by the school [Monday] and we sat down and talked," Imeokparia said. "We set up an official visit for this weekend. He just talked about the opportunity there. He talked about his history and how long he's been with Coach [Butch] Davis, and where the program is headed."

Imeokparia has already taken official visits to Cincinnati, Louisville, and Michigan State. He says he's considering Auburn and Florida State for his final allotted official trip.

Of the aforementioned schools, only Auburn and Florida State haven't offered and Imeokparia believes it's only a matter of time before that happens.

Following his final official visit – but most likely on Signing Day – Imeokparia, who doesn't claim a leader, will make his collegiate decision.

"I'm looking for stability in the coaching staff, the opportunity to come in and contribute early, and I want to be apart of a class that's going to do some special things down the road," Imeokparia said. "I want to go to a program where the future is bright."

Although Imeokparia briefly visited UNC during the summer, his knowledge is somewhat limited heading into this weekend trip.

"I think there are a lot of positive things that are going on – great coaching staff and they're on the rise," Imeokparia said. "They brought in one of the top recruiting classes last year and the coaches are stressing that they're trying to do it again this year."

John Lovett is handling Imeokparia's recruitment for UNC.

"They're recruiting me as an athlete, but I guess [Pagano]'s trying to get me to be his guy [by playing defensive back]," Imeokparia said. "They said I could play either position because of my athletic ability and versatility. They didn't get too much into specifics, but if I were to come there, I would probably start out as a corner and play a little safety. They said they would like to have a guy like me that can move around.

"Coach Lovett did mention offense, but defense is where the early playing time is at. They mentioned some returning, too."

Following his senior season at Blair Academy, Imeokparia earned All-State honors as a cornerback. He also played every skill position on offense, helping Blair Academy to an 8-1 record.

Imeokparia transferred to Blair Academy following his junior season at Newark (Del.) High School and reclassified back to junior status thus making him a 2008 recruit.

Over the spring, Imeokparia clocked several sub-4.40 40-yard dash times including a 4.41-second time at the Nike Combine.

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