Determination Earns UNC a Big Visitor

North Carolina's persistence – and patience – might really pay off in the recruitment of Bobby Massie.

"North Carolina, they stayed in contact every week during the whole time that I was committed," Massie said. "I felt that North Carolina and a couple of other schools were the schools that were more interested in me and looking out for my best interest than Virginia Tech was."

Massie, a 6-foot-7, 330-pound offensive tackle from Lynchburg (Va.) Liberty Christian Academy, verbally committed to Virginia Tech in October during an official visit. He decided to de-commit earlier this month.

"The whole reason I committed to Virginia Tech was for family reasons – for my mom," Massie said. "And during the season watching the offensive line and how they gave up so many sacks a game, and I was watching how the offense struggled, and not being in a good relationship with Coach [Curt] Newsome, that's what ended up [happening]."

The contact with schools such as UNC only increased when Massie de-committed from Virginia Tech. Thus, official visits to Clemson and UNC were scheduled.

Massie officially visited Clemson last weekend and will travel to Chapel Hill this weekend for his UNC official visit.

Over the course of the last year, Massie has attended camp and unofficially visited UNC several times.

"On the official visit, I just want to spend a couple of days with Coach [Sam] Pittman," Massie said. "I want to be around the coaching staff, see how they are. And the players, I want to get around them and see why they chose North Carolina. I want to see how I feel down there and see if it's somewhere I want to be for the next four or five years."

Kenny Browning is Massie's primary recruiter. However, he hears from Pittman just as much.

"When I talk to one, the other one is always in the room," Massie said. "When they call, they try to be there at the same time and put me on speaker. Coach [Butch] Davis might be in the room, too."

During their discussions, UNC coaches stress the need for offensive linemen.

"When I talk to Coach Pittman, he says he wants to take two offensive linemen," Massie said. "If they can get any two that he was looking at, he wanted to get Jonathan Cooper, which they got, and they want to get me.

"He talks about their system – most of what they do is the same thing that I do at my school, their academics and how they'll help me out, and how [UNC] would be a good fit for me."

The obstacle for Massie is his academic situation. He says there is a "50-50" chance that he won't qualify. He has selected a post-graduate school, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy, and isn't even sure if he'll sign a National Letter-of-Intent on Signing Day, nearly a week away.

"I'm still weighing my options out," Massie said. "I just might go in uncommitted and do the whole recruiting thing again."

After meeting with Coach Robert Prunty, Hagrave's head coach, Massie will decide whether signing with a school next Wednesday is in his best interest.

If Massie decides to sign a LOI, he says he will choose between Clemson, Georgia, Miami, UNC, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

Heading into his official visit, Massie already sees positives in UNC.

"It's a young team that will be successful in the future. They got a good group of players, and got a good head coach, a good coaching staff, and a good offensive line coach, Coach Pittman."

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