Raper Considering UNC

Fresh off his de-commitment from Clemson, Larry Raper is looking hard at a school that never truly received an opportunity to recruit him: North Carolina.

"My good friend that goes to Carolina, Tavorris [Jolly], he's been talking to me all along," said Raper, who is a native of Shelby (N.C.) like Jolly, a UNC cornerback. "And I just wanted to see what it was like, so I gave [John Lovett] a call."

Raper and the Tar Heel assistant coach talked for "a little while," according to Raper.

"We discussed the different positions he might have me play and what good I can do for the team," Raper said.

UNC is recruiting Raper, a 5-foot-10, 163-pound athlete with 4.35-forty speed, as a return specialist and offensive weapon.

At Shelby (N.C.) High, Raper plays wingback in the Lions' wing-t offense. As a junior, he rushed for 722 yards and ten touchdowns on 103 rushes while catching 13 passes for 316 yards and another score. He accumulated 575 yards and ten touchdowns on 71 carries as a sophomore and made 14 receptions for 424 yards and five touchdowns.

Raper de-committed from Clemson shortly after Tommy Bowden resigned as head coach roughly a week ago.

"Me and Coach Bowden, we were pretty close [and] me and Coach [Billy] Napier, we're still cool, but I just figured stuff wouldn't be the same with a different coach there," Raper said.

Raper verbally committed to Clemson so early in the process – over a year ago – that most schools didn't receive an opportunity to recruit him. Thus, up until recently, he just held scholarship offers from Clemson and Duke.

Shortly following his de-commitment, NC State extended a scholarship offer to Raper. UNC could follow suit this weekend.

"[Lovett] wanted me to come down this Saturday to the Boston College game [to talk about an offer]," Raper said. "I might make that trip down there."

Raper has visited Chapel Hill for the Nike Camp during the spring, but never for a recruiting visit.

Two weeks ago, Raper made an unofficial visit to NC State.

"There was a big crowd out there – basically the same thing at Clemson," Raper said. "The fan support is good. The coaches down there, they're pretty good, too."

Raper hopes to began to schedule official visits in the next couple of weeks.

"After I take one or two more unofficial visits, I want to just sit down, look at all the schools I'm hearing from, and I'm going to set-up my official visits," Raper said.

Raper says Clemson, UNC, and South Carolina, which also recently started to recruit him, are virtual locks to receive an official visit from him.

Ideally, Raper would like to make a verbal commitment sometime in December.

"I'm looking for a good school that could provide me with a good education and has a pretty good football program," Raper said. "I want a nice campus. I want to be somewhere with some classes – like Clemson has small classes – because I want one-on-one time with my teachers."

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