2011 Ga. OL Aims to Visit UNC

SAN ANTONIO --- Watts Dantzler, who is on Scout.com's Top 300 watch list, says he is "definitely" interested in North Carolina.

"I'm trying to still go up for a visit," Dantzler said. "It's about six hours away from where I live, so it was hard to go up for a game [this past season]. But I'm definitely going to try to go March or April of this year."

Approximately a year ago, UNC offered Dantzler, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound offensive tackle from Walton (Ga.), a scholarship. Fifteen other schools have also offered, including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Maryland, Miami, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.

Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach, is recruiting Dantzler for the Tar Heels.

Dantzler doesn't feel he'll be able to attend any of UNC's Junior Days. Instead, he believes he'll unofficially visit later in the spring and stay with a friend, who is a UNC student.

While in North Carolina visiting UNC, Dantzler figures to drop by Duke. He also plans to make a trip to Miami this summer.

"Other than [Duke, Miami, and UNC], I've pretty much have seen everywhere I want to," Dantzler said.

Previously, Dantzler has unofficially visited Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Despite his abundance of travels, Dantzler doesn't claim any favorite schools.

"It's pretty wide open right now," Dantzler said. "I'm just enjoying the recruiting process [and] keeping it wide open. Every place I go, I take mental notes of what I like and a little while from now I'll sit down and think ‘Hey, what do I like about this place.'"

In a couple weeks, Dantzler plans to narrow his list of options to ten schools.

"I'll come out with a high interest five and a medium interest five," Dantzler said.

Dantzler is toying with the idea of making a verbal commitment on his birthday (Nov. 16).

"When I get there, I want the school to blow me away," Dantzler said. "I want to say ‘Man, this is awesome. I could really see myself playing here.' I want a good Christian coaching staff, coaches I feel comfortable with, and then the campus, the facilities, and the students."

On Friday, Dantzler participated in the U.S. Army National Combine.

"I'm really not a great combine player, because you don't have pads on," Dantzler said. "It's fun being here with the best players in the nation.

"A lot of people ask why I'm here since I have so many offers. I enjoy the recruiting process and meeting new people. I'm really not worried about how I do – I'm just here to have fun."

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