Georgia DE Favors UNC

Dearco Nolan hopes to make a verbal commitment before the end of the summer. Taking a step in that direction, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end from Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake has established a leader.

"My favorite school, right now, I'd say is North Carolina," Nolan said. "It's coming up. There are a lot of people that still think it's a basketball program. But I've seen it first hand – there's some good football there."

UNC has yet to extend Nolan a scholarship offer. But if they do, UNC will most likely add a new name to their verbal commitment list.

"I would weigh it out, see what my family has to say, and I'd probably commit," Nolan said regarding if UNC offered.

In addition to UNC, Nolan is being heavily recruited by Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Kent State, Kentucky, Miami, and Mississippi. He has yet to receive his first scholarship offer, but he says Auburn is close to doing so.

In early June, Nolan unofficially visited UNC with some teammates. During his stay, Tommy Thigpen, his area recruiter, invited Nolan to UNC's One Day Camp later that month. Nolan accepted.

"Everything went well," Nolan said. "I really liked working out with the coaching and participating in the one-on-ones."

Nolan was part of a dominating defensive line unit that gave the offensive line fits throughout the camp during one-on-one passing rushing drills.

"[John Blake] liked my speed and my quickness and how I never give up on the play," Nolan said.

Nolan met up with Butch Davis following the camp.

"He said they're real interested in me," Nolan said.

Nolan has also unofficially visited Alabama, Auburn, Miami, and South Carolina. On July 23, he plans to attend LSU's Three-Day Camp.

Primarily, Nolan is being recruited as a defensive end. However, a few schools have mentioned the possibility of moving him to outside linebacker in college.

At Westlake, Nolan stars at defensive end. As a junior, he accumulated 70 tackles and six sacks.

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