Whitmire Makes Return Trip to UNC

During his spring break last week, Jay Whitmire visited four schools, including North Carolina on Thursday.

"I wanted to get down to see a spring practice," Whitmire said. "I wanted to get back to see more of [the school]. I got a good chance to meet some of the players – that was pretty cool."

Whitmire, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle from Alexandria (Va.) Williams, began his tour Tuesday at Pittsburgh. It continued Thursday and Friday in the Tar Heel State with stops at Duke, UNC, and NC State.

Within the last year, Whitmire has visited UNC two other times – a camp last June and the East Carolina football game.

"When I went down to practice, I got to meet some of the players and they seemed to really like North Carolina," Whitmire said. "That's good to see that the players are really enjoying it there."

Earlier this spring, Whitmire attended junior days at Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. He also has visited both Penn State and Virginia for a camp and a football game.

Despite his travels, Whitmire isn't prepared to label any school his favorite.

"I don't know if I'm at that stage yet to name favorites," Whitmire said. "Maybe soon [I'll have favorites]. I don't know. I'm definitely considering the schools that have offered me."

A dozen schools have offered Whitmire – Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Duke, Maryland, UNC, NC State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Whitmire's visit to UNC on Thursday included a campus tour, sitting in on an offensive line meeting, and several conversations with Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach. He also spent time with James Hurst, a freshman offensive tackle who enrolled in January after an All-American high school season.

"I just followed [Hurst] on his way to practice," Whitmire said. "He's pretty good. We talked a little. He was telling me how much he really liked it at North Carolina. That was the main thing that I liked that I saw there is the players did really seem to like it there."

Before leaving campus, Whitmire watched UNC's afternoon practice.

"They just had a light practice, because they're pretty banged up – especially on the offensive line," Whitmire said. "They had a chill practice. But I liked what I saw there."

On April 24, Whitmire plans to attend Penn State's spring game. He said he's also looking to visit Virginia sometime within the next couple of months.

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