Shankle Getting Better Feel for UNC

Terry Shankle made his third unofficial visit to North Carolina over the weekend, stopping by during UNC's Seven-on-Seven Team Camp.

"I just wanted to go up and visit because I didn't get a good feel of UNC the other two times," Shankle said. "I wanted to go up there and get a feel, talk to some of the players, [and] take a look around."

Previously, Shankle attended the Tar Heels' Junior Day in February and dropped by campus in June during UNC's One-Day Camp. Only Clemson has received as many campus visits from the 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete from Norwood (N.C.) South Stanly.

Shankle says following his most recent visit he now has a "pretty good feel" for UNC.

For the majority of his UNC stay, Shankle hung out with Tommy Thigpen, his primary recruiter, observing the seven-on-seven team camp activities.

"[He discussed] getting along with my position coach and I've got to have a good feel for the school," Shankle said. "If I don't like the school, there's no point in me going there."

Thus, before he left Chapel Hill, Shankle sat down with Everett Withers, UNC's defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator.

"Basically, we didn't really talk about football – [we were] just getting to know each other," Shankle said. "We talked about life."

Shankle classifies his meeting with Withers as "a real good talk." During his June UNC visit, Shankle was able to watch Withers coach but didn't receive much of an opportunity to talk with him.

UNC is recruiting Shankle as a cornerback. However, he could hold several different roles if he elects to become a Tar Heel.

"Carolina wants me to play DB, but they just want to get me on the field," Shankle said. "So I could play some receiver or do some returning [if I go to UNC]."

Every school is recruiting Shankle as a cornerback except Michigan and NC State, who project him as a receiver.

Shankle said he is currently favors five schools: Alabama, Clemson, Florida, UNC, and NC State. Virginia Tech could join the fray.

"If V-Tech offered me, they'll be in there, too," Shankle said. "They're looking like they're going to."

All of the aforementioned schools have received at least one visit from Shankle, with the exception of Florida and Virginia Tech.

Shankle hopes to make a verbal commitment before the start of his senior football season. However, he's having a difficult time just separating out a leader.

"It's a hard decision," Shankle said. "I don't know what to think right now. I'm overwhelmed."

Between now and his verbal commitment, Shankle said he will continue to visit the campuses of his favorite schools. He doesn't, though, have any scheduled plans.

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