UNC in Va. TE's Top 5 After Visit

On the heels of attending North Carolina's Junior Day, Josh Lovell is listing the Tar Heels among his favorite schools.

"My top five would probably be Maryland, [Virginia] Tech, UNC, Georgia, and Penn State," Lovell said. "I've always been a fan of a couple of them. And then those are the schools that have really showed the most interest. And I can kind of fit into their offense, too."

Maryland, though, is Lovell's leader.

"A couple of times I've went to Maryland, I've really liked it up there," Lovell said. "And they're definitely number one, right now."

Lovell, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound tight end from Christchurch (Va.), has received several verbal scholarship offers, but East Carolina and Maryland are the only schools that have put their offers in writing thus far.

The UNC coaching staff hasn't decided whether to extend Lovell a scholarship offer.

"They said that they were going to look over my film a couple more times and they would be getting in touch with me soon," Lovell said. "[They said] they were extremely interested and most likely [would] be offering."

Lovell, who began hearing from UNC midway through his junior football season, had considered attending the Tar Heels' Junior Day for a while. However, seeing UNC's strong interest, he made definite plans.

"I wanted to go and I was planning on going, but Coach [Charlie] Williams came to the school like a month ago and invited me personally. So I definitely knew I was going to go," Lovell said.

Lovell was glad he accepted the invitation.

"It went really well," Lovell said of the visit. "They treated me extremely nice and their facilities were one of the nicest I've been to, so far, and the basketball was pretty fun to go to. Overall, it was a real fun trip."

Lovell's stay started off on a good note.

"When I got there, everyone came and introduced themselves to me," he said. "They all knew who I was when I walked in the door. I didn't know who anyone was – it was the first time I've ever been there."

After his arrival, Lovell toured the football complex, which included a look at the weight room and locker room. Before heading to the basketball game, the group of recruits on hand met together for introductions and then divided into offensive and defensive groups for separate meetings headed by those coordinators.

During halftime of the basketball game, Lovell spoke with Williams, who is handing his recruitment for UNC. "He said he was going to start keeping in touch with me every week - he was going to check up on me with a call when he could," Lovell said. "[He would] just make sure everything is going well. He planned to stay in contact with me as much as he could."

At one point during the basketball game, Lovell said he was introduced to Allen Mogridge, UNC's new tight ends coach.

Lovell, who transferred from Gloucester (Va.) High last summer, plays in an offense that utilizes him equally as a receiver and blocker. He ended his junior season with 25 catches for 375 yards and eight touchdowns.

In addition to UNC and Maryland, Lovell has unofficially visited NC State and Penn State. He plans to attend Georgia's spring game and take an unofficial trip to Virginia Tech on March 28.

This summer, Lovell is looking to camp at UNC and Virginia Tech, as well as Maryland's team camp with his Christchurch teammates.

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