Before the visit, UNC didn't appear to be a legitimate option for Ellerbe, a 6-foot, 195-pound athlete from Wadesboro (N.C.) Anson County. Now, UNC is tied with Clemson, the school Ellerbe verbally committed to last September. He says that commitment is "soft."
Ellerbe traveled to UNC Saturday with his head football coach, Luke Hyatt, and teammate and fellow UNC target Stephone Anthony.
"We just wanted to check out what they had [and] what was going on at their program," Ellerbe said.
Saturday's visit was Ellerbe's second to UNC. He previously attended UNC's Thursday night football game against Florida State.
"This time I found out Butch Davis wasn't all about football," Ellerbe said. "He's about education more than football. He told me they'll give me more than enough chances to get an education. He said it's on you, but he wants everyone to get an education."
Ellerbe says education is a major factor in his ultimate college decision.
Ellerbe's stay included a campus tour, conversations with several UNC coaches, and a meeting with Butch Davis. But it revolved around UNC's practice, which Ellerbe spent hanging out with Deunta Williams, A.J. Blue, and Marvin Austin.
"I was just seeing how they joke around," Ellerbe said. "They joke around on the sideline, but on the field it's a different story – they have game attitude, game eyes, but still have a lot of fun, though."
UNC originally offered Ellerbe as a running back, his primary position at Anson County.
"I was talking to the DB coach and told him I want to play safety and he told me he wants me for safety too," Ellerbe said. "So I think they'll let me come in as a safety."
Ellerbe has made only one other recruiting trip since the football season ended – NC State's Junior Day. During the football season, besides the UNC-Florida State game, he attended a couple games at Clemson.