Fortt Planning Chapel Hill Trip

Four-star prospect Khairi Fortt is in the process of scheduling his first visit to North Carolina.

"My dad and I, we plan on going down there soon," Fortt said. "We don't have it set up yet. It will happen in the summer – most likely in July."

Fortt, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker from Stamford (Conn.), has already visited Alabama, Auburn, Boston College, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Notre Dame, Penn State, Rutgers, and Virginia.

In addition to UNC, Fortt is planning a trip to Georgia this summer.

By the end of the summer, Fortt plans to narrow his list of 29 scholarship offers to five or six schools. Sometime this fall, Fortt figures to make a verbal commitment.

"Colleges only take like three guys, but they offer seven," Fortt said. "I'm not trying to wait too long, because I don't want spots to fill up with the place I really want to go to."

Before making a verbal commitment, Fortt will take his official visits.

Despite all of his travels, Fortt doesn't claim any favorite schools.

"Me, my dad, and my mom, we are all just taking in all the information, looking up schools, [and] visiting schools," Fortt said. "We have this big chalk board outside by our pool. We just write down all the colleges and write down all the details in columns."

Outside of academics, the most decisive column on Fortt's chalk board is relationships.

"It could be a great school and great program, but if you hate the strength and conditioning coach, your position coach is a jerk, or the players don't treat you like family, you'll probably have an awful career," Fortt said. "I'm trying to have fun in college and enjoy myself – it's not just all about football."

Fortt did reveal that Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin are "out of the picture."

Furthermore, Fortt says UNC is "definitely" a contender.

"Basically, I know North Carolina is one of the top public schools in the country," Fortt said. "I've heard it's a beautiful campus; I'll find out for myself when my dad and I visit." Art Kaufman, UNC's linebackers coach, is recruiting Fortt for the Tar Heels. He has visited Stamford High a few times and is in regular contact with Fortt.

"He's explained to me the defenses and how many players that they have [at linebacker]," Fortt said.

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