Tabannah Enjoys UNC Atmosphere

Devonta Tabannah has made several visits to North Carolina. However, Thursday's trip was his first for a game.

"I was very excited to make the trip," Tabannah said. "The atmosphere was great. The whole experience was great. It was probably one of the best unofficial [visits] I've been on."

Previously, Tabannah, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound cornerback from Oxon Hill (Md.) Potomac, has attended games at Akron, Kent State, Maryland, Penn State, and West Virginia.

"Mostly, it was the crowd [that separated the UNC visit from others]," Tabannah said. "In the stands it was non-stop talking, yelling, and screaming. It gave me chills. It felt like it was where I needed to be."

Prior to Thursday, Tabannah had visited UNC four times, including a spring practice and summer camp.

With his high school coach in tow, Tabannah arrived in Chapel Hill Thursday afternoon. Before kickoff, they received a short tour of the football facilities, quickly talked with the players, had a meal with the other visiting recruits, and hung out on the sidelines.

During the meal, Tabannah spoke with Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator, and Marcus Berry, UNC's Director of Player Personnel.

"Coach Berry, he coached at [Fort Washington (Md.)] Friendly, so he's cool with my coach," Tabannah said. "And Coach Withers, he's been keeping in contact with me since the camp.

"[Withers] explained to me what's going on [and] why they haven't offered. They're only taking one more corner, so they want to make sure that they're not just throwing out offers and get the wrong commit. They're making sure that the commit they get is someone they want and need. So they're still evaluating me and a couple other guys in-state."

Last week, Tabannah sent UNC film of the first five games of his senior season. In that span, he recorded 25 tackles and four interceptions.

What would happen if UNC does offer Tabannah?

"I don't know," Tabannah said with a laugh. "I would still evaluate them. I plan on making my decision probably the first couple of weeks after the season is over. I'll probably still evaluate [UNC if they offered]. But definitely, they would be my No. 1 option."

Tabannah has received a scholarship from Akron and several Division I-AA schools, including Delaware State, James Madison, Maine, Monmouth, Morgan State, Prairie View A&M, and Towson. Also, Kent State and DI-AA Richmond are in the process of offering.

UNC, though, is Tabannah's leader, despite the lack of an offer.

"First and foremost, the coaching staff – that's the biggest [reason why I like UNC], they have a genuine coaching staff," Tabannah said. "It's not like they can just say something to me and be wrong, because I've been down there so many times that I've seen everything, basically. I know what they expect and how they are.

"The campus is beautiful. And the Chapel Hill area, I just love it."

Tabannah says he speaks to someone from UNC a couple of times a month.

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