Livingston enjoys visit

North Carolina is still in the top five for defensive tackle Donnell Livingston from Sarasota High (Fla.). <I>IC</I> caught up with the senior and brings this update after his official visit to Chapel Hill.

Donnell Livingston's visit to Chapel Hill came under extreme winter conditions that crippled much of Chapel Hill. Despite the winter weather, Livingston says the trip went well.

"I guess it doesn't happen there that often," he said of the winter storm. "It was pretty awkward. I toured the facilities and got to see everything. I met a lot of the students and the players."

Two moments from the visit stick out in Livingston's mind.

The first was at the UNC-Kentucky basketball game, and the other came in Kenan Stadium.

"I think walking past the students at the basketball game was my favorite part," he said. "They were chanting that they wanted us."

Livingston and his fellow recruits sat on the 15th row as Kentucky knocked off the Tar Heels on Saturday.

"I thought Kenan was a unique setting. I enjoyed seeing a (North Carolina) jersey with my name on it. I got to put it on and it was tight."

Tight meaning cool, not as in the way the jersey felt on Livingston's 6-2, 290-pound frame.

Now Livingston is gearing up for his next visit to Maryland this weekend. He also visited Nebraska prior to his trip to Chapel Hill.

"I am still taking all my visits but they (UNC) are still in my top five."

Recruits stayed at the Carolina Inn during their visit, which is also where they ate most meals due to power outages in Chapel Hill. A planned dinner at Spanky's didn't happen as East Franklin Street was completely dark during the entire weekend.

Livingston got to talk with head coach John Bunting and came away impressed by the staff.

"I think all the coaches are cool. We (me and coach Bunting) talked about the university and how they want me to come there."

He also expects to take visits to Ole Miss (1-10) and Florida State (1-17). His current top three are UNC, Nebraska and Maryland in no certain order.

A decision should come a week after Livingston takes his last visit in January.

Livingston finished his season with 56 tackles, 12 sacks and forced four fumbles.


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