UNC Visit Impresses Best

Byron Best, together with his Greenville (S.C.) teammates Sam Montgomery and D.J. Swearinger, unofficially visited North Carolina Monday.

"Everything went well," Best said. "I enjoyed myself; my teammates enjoyed themselves, as well. We had a real good time just looking around the facilities and getting to know the coaches."

Although short-lived, the visit has propelled UNC into Best's favorites list.

"UNC has definitely moved up," the 5-foot-9, 180-pound cornerback said. "But right now I'm going to continue to weigh my options out.

"Every Division I school has great things, but UNC has something that stands out different that I never really thought it would. [John] Blake [and] Butch Davis are good coaches that can get you to the next level. Also in the classroom they make sure you get your work down. Marvin Austin, not only does he do it on the field, but he's smart, he gets it done in the classroom, too."

Best, who isn't looking to make a verbal commitment until after his senior football season, is also strongly considering Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Ohio State, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

A few weeks after an impressive showing at Scout.com's Combine held in Charlotte – which included running a 4.37-second 40-yard dash and a 38-inch vertical – Best received a scholarship offer from UNC. Being the first – and currently only – school to extend an offer means a lot to Best.

"To tell you the truth, I was kind of devastated not to have anybody offer me," Best said. "Two of my teammates were getting offers early. I knew [offers] would come, but it was frustrating."

The UNC offer came as a surprise to Best.

"They sent me a couple of letters, but I never really thought that they were interested in me like that," Best said. "It was a shock. They did just come out of nowhere and just offer."

Best says Georgia Tech and South Carolina have been on him hard and he wouldn't be surprised if a scholarship offer arrived from either school.

While Best and his teammates were on campus Monday, UNC was holding their three-day camp, but none of the trio participated. Instead, they spent the morning and afternoon hanging out with the coaching staff and touring campus.

"They campus was real nice," Best said. "We just thank the coaches for giving us an opportunity to experience the campus."

Earlier in the month, Best attended Georgia's camp. He has also unofficially visited South Carolina.

Best doesn't have any plans for any future campus visits.

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