Tour Brings Four-Star OT to UNC

As part of his spring break campus tour, Brent Benedict unofficially visited North Carolina on Friday.

"I really didn't know much about North Carolina going into it, but leaving I was very impressed," Benedict said. "I really, really liked the coaching staff. What they have there and what I feel they are capable of doing in the next couple of years with all the experience that they have on that staff. I think the university is committed to having a good team over the next couple years and have shown that with the improvements to the stadium. There's a lot of support there."

After visiting UNC, Benedict, a 6-foot-5, 278-pound offensive lineman from Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles, stopped by Duke before heading to Athens, where he spent the night. The following morning, he attended Georgia's Junior Day, and then visited Clemson and Virginia Tech.

"It was my spring break and I was familiar with some of the SEC schools," Benedict said. "I spoke to my parents and decided on a few schools for me to go and look around that I wasn't familiar with… I just wanted to get a look around and see what those programs were about."

While in Chapel Hill, Benedict toured UNC's campus including Kenan Stadium and the football facilities.

"It's a very, very beautiful campus," Benedict said. "It's a nice configuration – nice way that it's laid out."

The majority of Benedict's UNC stay was spent with the coaching staff – especially offensive line coach Sam Pittman.

Benedict and Pittman spoke for "quite awhile" and watched film together.

"[He discussed] where he saw me fitting in, in their scheme," Benedict said. "He told me I'd most likely play tackle, but possibly guard. And he explained the depth chart, which isn't that big of a factor to me."

Specifically, UNC is recruiting Benedict as a left tackle.

Before exiting Chapel Hill, Benedict and his parents met with Butch Davis in his office.

"I enjoyed talking with him," Benedict said. "… He talked to us a lot about why he came to North Carolina and why he feels that North Carolina can be successful and have a great football team. It really made a lot of sense, what he said."

Prior to his most recent trek, Benedict had visited Florida a couple of times and Georgia. A native of Greenville, S.C., he has also been to both Clemson and South Carolina.

More campus visits are on Benedict's horizon – after he lets this most recent tour sink in.

"I just got done with this tour, so I'm not really thinking about it for a while," Benedict said. "I enjoyed my trip and want to sit down with my parents to talk about this trip.

"I'm planning on having a family vacation this summer. I'm going to take a week off and maybe hit a couple more schools on the way back. We're going to Pennsylvania, that's where our family reunion is. At this point, I haven't made any definite plans as of where I'm stopping."

Benedict has approximately 35 scholarship offers. His offer list is highlighted by Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, UNC, Penn State, Texas A&M, and UCLA.

Benedict isn't favoring any schools, despite all the campus visits under his belt.

"I took this tour trying to see what kind of school I like," Benedict said. "I guess I didn't really narrow it down to if I like a big school or a small school or anything like that. I really enjoyed all of the schools I saw and it just confirmed that it's going to be a hard decision."

To help limit his focus on his senior football season this fall, Benedict plans to narrow his list of choices to three-to-five schools before the season kicks off.

"This upcoming season is definitely important to me – it's my senior season," Benedict said. "We won a state championship [last] year, so I hope to win back-to-back state championships – that's going to be my main focus."

Benedict isn't sure when he'll make a verbal commitment.

"[I'm looking for] a good combination of academics and athletics," Benedict said. "Somewhere where I can graduate and have a degree where I can go somewhere and have a good job, the job that I want."

Benedict is looking to major in business. Thus, he's made it a point to check out the business departments during all of his campus visits.

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