Felder Earns UNC Offer

Camping at North Carolina proved to be fruitful for Brendon Felder, a 5-foot-10, 162-pound athlete from Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway.

"After camp, [John Shoop] told me I had a great chance of getting an offer and that they were going to be in touch with me," Felder said. "When I got home, [Shoop] told me I got the offer.

"He basically said that I was a freak. They liked my quickness at DB."

The offer brings Felder's scholarship offer total to 12 schools. Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Illinois, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse are among the dozen to offer.

Felder participated in Tuesday's morning and afternoon sessions of UNC's three-day camp. "To tell you the truth, when I went up there, I basically fell in love with it," Felder said. "I just loved the atmosphere. The coaches, they just showed me love – I think I might have talked to every coach there."

While he is reluctant to name favorites, Felder admits that UNC is "definitely at the top of [his] list."

"I really don't have a favorites list – that's what I'm working to do the next couple of weeks is probably put together a list," Felder said. "I know schools are getting tight because they're getting commitments. In the next couple weeks I'm going to start narrowing my offer list down."

Felder says he already knows UNC will make his initial cut.

"In the back of my mind, I love North Carolina, so they'll be in there," Felder said.

Felder isn't exactly sure when he'll make a verbal commitment. But he says it's likely to occur this summer or early this fall.

"[When I decide] definitely academics has got to be number one," Felder said. "And then basically where I feel comfortable – where I feel I fit in. And then I want to be around coaches where I know they can raise my game up to the next level and prepare me."

Location and recruited position won't be a factor in Felder's decision.

UNC is primarily recruiting Felder as a cornerback with an opportunity to return punts.

As was the plan heading into the camp, Felder spent the morning session working out with the wide receivers and then moved to the defensive back group for the afternoon session.

"Coach [Charlie] Williams is a great coach – one of the best coaches I've met," Felder said. "Just teaching-wise, he knows a lot about football.

"Coach [Everett] Withers and Coach [Troy] Douglas were another two great coaches. I think they have great coaches around the staff. Those two coaches taught me a lot about my skills – what I need to correct, what I need to work on with my defense."

Before the afternoon session ended, Felder caught punts from the jugs machine.

Felder starts at wide receiver and safety for Gateway. As a junior, he accumulated over 1,000 all-purpose yards and 15 all-purpose touchdowns on offense. Defensively, he had an interception.

Felder camped at Cincinnati on Wednesday. He and his Gateway teammates will participate in a seven-on-seven passing tournament in Michigan on Thursday and another over the weekend in West Virginia. The only other school he has visited is Pittsburgh.

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