Visit Improves UNC's Standing for N.J. ATH

Ed Imeokparia received a much more in-depth look at North Carolina during this past weekend's official visit than he had during his "brief" unofficial stay over the summer.

"It went great," Imeokparia said. "I got a better look at everything…I got to meet the coaching staff and see how dedicated they are and how committed they are to the program – especially Coach [Butch] Davis."

Imeokparia, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound athlete from Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy, was hosted by junior safety Trimane Goddard.

"It was good [hanging out with him], because he's a secondary guy," said Imeokparia, who is being recruited by UNC as a defensive back. "I got to look at it from his standpoint. He plays the position that I'm probably going to play in college. He talked about how he liked the coaches there, because he had to go through the transition [from the John Bunting regime]. He told me how he feels about it now and it was all positive stuff."

During his stay, Imeokparia met with Chuck Pagano, UNC's defensive coordinator and defensive back coach.

"He just talked about how he'd use me in the defense," Imeokparia said. "He showed me some of their schemes. I liked the fact that they do things a lot differently over there. They use some schemes that most colleges don't do."

Pagano plans to first try Imeokparia out at cornerback.

"He likes my versatility to play either position," Imeokparia said. "I have the size and physicality to play safety, and the coverage ability and speed to play corner."

Imeokparia then sat down with Davis.

"We talked about everything as far as the recruiting process for me and what schools I'm looking at, and where the program is heading," Imeokparia said. "His background speaks for itself. I believe everything he says about where the program is headed."

Imeokparia, who has already visited Cincinnati, Louisville, and Michigan State, says UNC is in a very good position following his stay.

"I think this visit definitely helps North Carolina," Imeokparia said. "I have one more visit to go and I'll determine my leader afterwards. This visit definitely helped UNC a lot as far as my interest."

Although nothing has been formally scheduled, Imeokparia plans to officially visit Florida State next weekend.

Imeoparia says he might not make an actual verbal commitment until Signing Day.

"I'm looking for the place where I feel most comfortable, the opportunity to come in and compete for early playing time, a program that has a bright future and is heading in the right direction – I want to win some bowl games and hopefully compete for a national championship."

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