Overton Tours UNC

Montese Overton made a good impression on North Carolina's coaching staff during Wednesday's visit to Chapel Hill.

"They were surprised when I came, because I guess when they saw the film [on me] they thought I was short," Overton said. "They were surprised how big and long I was in person. They said ‘I like your body frame and length.'"

Wednesday was Overton's first visit to UNC since the 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker from Winterville (N.C.) South Central attended the Tar Heels' football game against East Carolina last September.

"I just went there and watched the game," Overton said. "I didn't do much other than watch the game."

Overton had been invited to both of UNC's Junior Days, but transportation issues prevented him from making both. On Wednesday, Lamont Gaddy, a South Central assistant coach, was able to drive Overton to Chapel Hill.

Overton arrived in Chapel Hill in the evening, and thus missed UNC's spring practice. Upon his arrival, he was given a campus tour by a graduate assistant.

"A G.A. took us around and let us see campus, showed us the film room and the weight room and a little bit of the school," Overton said. "He said some great things about the school, and the background and history of the school – academic-wise and athletic-wise. He said the school graduates 95-percent of its football players."

Overton then met with UNC's coaching staff, including conversations with Butch Davis and Charlie Williams, his primary recruiter.

"They gave me feedback on the school and what made them come there," Overton said.

UNC is recruiting Overton as an outside linebacker, his high school position.

"They were telling me how I am high on their [recruiting] board," Overton said. "But there are three linebackers that are the best in the nation ranked ahead of me."

Earlier in the process, UNC verbally offered Overton. On Wednesday, there was some discussion on when that offer would be put on paper. However, Overton says there will be a more in-depth conversation this Saturday when he returns to Chapel Hill for UNC's Spring Game with his parents and head football coach, Walt Davis. He says a couple of his teammates will also visit.

In addition to UNC, Overton claims scholarship offers from East Carolina, NC State, and South Carolina.

This week's visit to UNC was Overton's first recruiting trip since last fall. Besides UNC's Spring Game, he hopes to visit NC State within the next couple of months and is planning a out-of-state tour this summer. Alabama, Oregon, and Tennessee are among the schools under consideration for his out-of-state tour.

Overton isn't prepared to label a school his leader, but he said UNC is in a very good position.

"It's a great school and the way that they approached me I felt like this is the type of school that I could bond with, and get my education and have fun on and off the field," Overton said. "I really like North Carolina."

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