Texas Prospect Makes UNC Visit

Jackson Anderson landed in North Carolina Thursday morning for his official visit swing of a couple of ACC schools. The first stop for the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder from Frisco (Texas) was the University of North Carolina.

"Everything went well," Anderson said of his Chapel Hill stay, while en route from UNC to Duke. "I got to see the campus and the facilities and everything. I talked to the coaches. It all went really well. It was a real nice visit."

Freshman tight end Zack Pianalto hosted Anderson for his stay, which lasted approximately 24 hours.

"He's a really cool guy," Anderson said. "I hung out with him, Garrett Reynolds, and a bunch of other linemen – I hung out with a lot of linemen. It was really fun. They were great guys and they really helped me understand what all is going on with the program, what all they think about everything with the university. It was a really neat time."

Anderson also spent a great deal of his limited time on campus with Steve Hagen, his primary recruiter, and Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach.

"Both of those guys are really cool guys and seem like really cool coaches as well," Anderson said. "[They talked about] really everything – just really getting to know each other, developing a relationship so if this goes somewhere they know me."

UNC is recruiting Anderson primarily for offensive tackle.

"A lot of it just depends on when you get on campus what you do when you get there," Anderson said. "But they're recruiting me as an offensive lineman."

Anderson, who doesn't claim any scholarship offers, is being recruited for both tight end and offensive tackle by the schools pursuing him. Duke is recruiting him the hardest, but he's also hearing from Baylor, Southern Methodist, and Texas Christian.

At Frisco High School, he has lined up at wide receiver, defensive end, offensive tackle, and tight end. Following his senior season, he was named to the First Team All-District for Texas 9-4A as an offensive tackle.

During his stay, Anderson received a brief update regarding the status of a possible UNC scholarship offer.

"They're kind of reevaluating everything right now, because of that guy [Kenneth Page] committing to Clemson," Anderson said. "I think they just want to step back, look at everything, and decide on what they want to do."

Before exiting Chapel Hill Friday evening, Anderson sat down with Butch Davis.

"[We discussed] just all that's going on with their program, and what the situation is with their recruiting, and how they're evaluating everything and just seeing what they want to do," Anderson said.

Although short-lived, the visit left a good impression on Anderson.

"I think it's a really big, up-and-coming program," Anderson said. "They got a lot of good things going on. There's this vibe there that they know they're going to start winning soon and everybody is working really hard. It's a real close knit group, too."

Regardless, with so much up in the air, Anderson isn't prepared to name a leader.

"It's all pretty even for me right now," Anderson said. "With not having any offers, you really have to look at everything. And so, there really is no leader right now."

According Anderson, UNC has been in contact for the past few months "off and on." Recently, though, communication increased culminating in Wednesday's invitation to visit the campus.

"They asked if I wanted me to come out Wednesday and I flew out Thursday morning from Dallas," Anderson said. "I've been here for the past 24 hours just checking it out.

"I had already told Duke that I was going to go visit them this weekend. And it was really the only weekend that, I think, I was going to get out here to see both schools. I told [UNC] about that, because we've been talking about having me visit the past two months."

The weekend of February 1st (the last weekend before Signing Day) is open for Anderson. This week's trips to UNC and Duke are Anderson's first official visits. He doesn't have anything else planned.

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