Dareus Brothers Enjoy UNC Trip

Marcel and Demerius Dareus' drive from Birmingham to Chapel Hill for their North Carolina official visit took 12 long hours. According to Marcel, though, it was well worth it.

"Oh, yeah, it was [worth the long ride], it was real nice down there in Chapel Hill," Marcel said. "The coaches, players – everybody was down to earth and cool. I loved North Carolina. It was a real nice place."

During their stay, Marcel, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive tackle, was hosted by sophomore defensive tackle Cam Thomas, while Demerius, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end, was hosted by sophomore linebacker Kennedy Tinsley. However, the brothers were generally accompanied by a group of players mostly compromised of defensive linemen.

"I love the D-linemen," Marcel said. "We had all the D-lineman with us – Marvin Austin and all them. I like that all the D-linemen don't smoke or drink, because I don't do any of that stuff. I know if I'm around them I don't have to worry about them trying to influence me to do any of that stuff."

The Dareus brothers also spent a great deal of time with their primary recruiter and UNC's defensive line coach, John Blake.

"[He talked about] how much we would be out on the field and how much they need us," Marcel said. "He was showing us film. It was real nice spending time with Coach Blake."

Before hitting the road for their long voyage home, the Dareus brothers met with Butch Davis.

"He talked about how he can get us into the pros," Marcel said. "He's known for putting players in the pros. When he was a coach at Miami, he had 20-something players in the draft in one year. I was like, ‘Woah.'

"And he showed us the D-linemen that he coached. And he coached Ray Lewis and Ed Reed."

The visit has UNC firmly in the race for the Dareus brothers' February 6th signature.

"Alabama and North Carolina, they're up there," Marcel said. "Of course, Alabama and North Carolina will be up there because of the two trips I took. I don't know what Auburn and Arkansas or Marshall have to offer, yet."

The Dareus brothers will find out what Auburn and Arkansas have to offer during official visits to both schools the next two weekends. They are also considering scheduling an official trip to either Marshall or Troy.

The distance between UNC and the Dareus' home in Birmingham, which is nearly 530 miles, might be a detriment to the Tar Heels' chances.

"It kind of will [hurt UNC's chances]," Marcel said. "I don't know. It seems like it would, because ‘Bama is real close; they're like the closest school that I'm looking at…

"North Carolina, it's kind of far, but sometimes if you want to achieve greatness, you have to go great distances."

However, the biggest factor for the Dareus' decision will be which coaching staff they connect best with.

"They've got to have great coaches," Marcel said. "Getting along with the coaches [is important], so we have no hostility between us – that's a great factor. If I can't get along with the coaches, I don't think I can get along with the team."

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