UNC Leads for Felder

Brendon Felder admits that he was on the verge of making a verbal commitment a couple of weeks ago.

"I was real close to making a commitment to North Carolina," Felder said. "That was probably before the season. And then football season came around and with me going into a new system, I decided to concentrate on football the first couple of weeks."

Still, though, Felder, a 5-foot-10, 162-pound athlete from Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway, says UNC is his leader.

"I think right now you can definitely say that North Carolina is on the top of my list for right now," Felder said. "But it's real close with other schools, such as Pitt, BC, and Illinois.

"I think [I favor UNC] just because when I went up there I just loved everything about it and it just felt like a great place. All the coaches – Coach [Charlie] Williams, Coach [John] Shoop – just seem like great coaches to me. I talked to all the coaches after the camp and I just clicked with all of them."

Since attending UNC's camp in June, Felder says he speaks to someone from UNC almost once a week. Felder speaks the most with Shoop, who serves as his primary recruiter, but Felder also talks with Williams and recently John Blake.

At UNC's camp, Felder worked out at both wide receiver and cornerback. He says UNC projects him as a slot receiver, as well as a kick and punt returner.

"I think it's just because they like my speed on offense," Felder said. "I think they feel like I can be an offensive playmaker."

Felder says he's likely to make a verbal commitment within the next couple of months.

"It's definitely getting closer and closer," Felder said. "I feel like if I keep on feeling like no more schools are coming in and that's where I need to be, I'll definitely make a decision soon. After the next couple of weeks, I feel like I'll have a better idea of where I'm at."

Before deciding, Felder says he thinks he'll take an official visit to UNC. He and the UNC coaches have discussed scheduling that official trip for the weekend of Sept. 19 when the Tar Heels host East Carolina. Gateway plays on Thursday that week.

Gateway opens its 2009 season this Friday against Pittsburgh (Pa.) Penn Hills.

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