UNC in Harbin's Top Two After Visit

An official visit to North Carolina has shuffled the favorites list of Glenn Harbin.

"[UNC] is one of the top two," Harbin said. "They're up there with Alabama. The two schools I've been to [UNC and Alabama], it has been about the same."

UNC's academic support system really caught Harbin's eye.

"[I like] the programs they have set-up for the players to keep their grades up," Harbin said.

Harbin, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound jumbo athlete from Mobile (Ala.) McGill-Toolen, was hosted by sophomore defensive end E.J. Wilson during his UNC stay.

"[The visit] went well," Harbin said. "It was a nice campus. There was a lot to do. It was a lot of fun."

Saturday afternoon, Wilson escorted Harbin to the Smith Center for UNC's basketball game against ACC rival Maryland.

"It was fun," Harbin said. "The fans, they like their basketball."

Heading into the visit, UNC was recruiting Harbin primarily as a tight end. He was informed over the weekend that there has been a change.

"I met with Coach [Steve] Hagen and Coach [John] Blake," Harbin said. "We were talking a little bit of football.

"They are recruiting me as a defensive end and tight end. They said they are recruiting me as a defensive end right now because that's what they need."

The four other schools that Harbin has or will officially visit are also recruiting Harbin as a defensive end. He doesn't have a position preference.

After meeting with Hagen and Blake, Harbin sat down with Butch Davis.

"He asked me what I liked about the visit and everything," Harbin said. "He asked me if I enjoyed it."

Harbin, who visited Alabama a week ago, headed to South Carolina for an official visit immediately following his UNC stay. He will take an official trip to LSU this coming weekend and then conclude his official visit schedule at Florida during the first weekend of February.

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