Shankle More Comfortable at UNC

Terry Shankle stopped by North Carolina on Saturday during the Tar Heels' One-Day Camp. While the 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete didn't participate in the camp, he was still able to take something away from the visit.

"I felt more comfortable this time more than any other times," Shankle said. "I guess it's because I feel like I know my way around and I know a lot of the people."

Shankle, a Norwood (N.C.) South Stanly product, arrived in Chapel Hill on Saturday morning and caught the tail end of the morning camp session. For much of his stay, he was courted by primary recruiter Tommy Thigpen.

"I just mostly talked to the coaches and got to know some of the players," Shankle said. "I talked to the DB coach [Everett Withers] and watched the DB practice with all the drills they went through."

For much of the afternoon camp session, Shankle watched Withers coach the defensive back group.

"I liked the way he coaches," Shankle said. "There wasn't too much yelling or cursing, just telling how to do things. Just talking to [the defensive backs] like they are men and treating them like they are men."

Before leaving campus Saturday, Shankle met with Butch Davis.

"He asked me if I'm keeping my grades up, do I like the school, and [he said] if I work hard everything will come to me," Shankle said.

Shankle's rising level of comfort has improved UNC's chances.

"It moves them up, but I really don't have a leader," Shankle said.

Shankle's favorites list still stands at Alabama, Clemson, Florida, UNC, and NC State.

"The reason I like Florida: I've never been down there, but it has been my favorite school since I was little.

"Alabama, I've been down there. I like the campus a lot and I really like the coaches down there.

"And [North] Carolina, [N.C.] State, and Clemson are close to home. I like their campuses and their coaches."

All five favorite schools have extended Shankle a scholarship offer.

Everyone is recruiting him as a cornerback, except N.C. State. The Wolfpack project him as a receiver. Shankle doesn't have a position preference.

Shankle said he isn't quite sure when he'll make a verbal commitment, but says it could come as early as the end of the summer.

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