Dantzler Visits UNC

Watts Dantzler included North Carolina among his spring break tour of several schools.

"It went good – it was awesome," Dantzler said of his time at UNC. "I really enjoyed everything. It was a fun visit… It exceeded my expectations."

Dantzler, a 6-foot-7, 315-pound offensive tackle from Dalton (Ga.), began his spring break tour last Thursday at Georgia. The tour continued with stops at Auburn Saturday and Clemson Monday. He then visited Duke Thursday morning before heading to UNC.

Outside of the aforementioned schools, Dantzler has visited Alabama, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. Florida and Florida State are the only schools left on his "to visit" list.

All of the aforementioned schools, with the exception of Florida, have offered Dantzler a scholarship.

Thurday's visit, which was his first to the school, has improved UNC's chances with Dantzler.

"They've definitely risen," Dantzler said. "Being able to visit there, meet the coaches, [and seeing] the whole campus definitely raised them up some."

In late January, Dantzler named Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt his five favorites and listed Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, UNC, and South Carolina as others under strong consideration. However, he now says every school is "pretty much on equal ground."

"It's still pretty wide open," Dantzler said. "Basically, I'm still just taking everything in and enjoying the recruiting process. I really haven't sat down to start to narrow schools down. Really, I'm trying to talk to everyone still, pretty much."

Dantzler hopes to be able to trim his list of contending schools down by the summer.

Dantzler visited UNC with fellow recruit Justin Floyd, an offensive lineman from Cartersville (Ga.). The visit, which lasted roughly five hours, included meeting every coach and some of the players, and a campus tour conducted by Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach and Dantzler's primary recruiter.

"It was a beautiful campus – it was nice," Dantzler said. "We saw the locker room [and] the weight room. They have a building for the basketball team that has everything they've won; that was pretty cool because I'm a North Carolina basketball fan."

Throughout the visit, Dantzler spent a great deal of time talking with Pittman.

"It was pretty much small talk," Dantzler said. "He told me how bad he wanted me to be at North Carolina."

That time together included Dantzler sitting in on an offensive line meeting, which included watching film.

"I got to see Coach Pittman coach the offensive line a little bit," Dantzler said. "I liked how he handled the players. He treated them positively, even when they messed up. He corrected them instead of just chewing them out, which is good – I liked that."

Dantzler also received an opportunity to speak with Butch Davis one-on-one in his office.

"We got to know each other a little bit," Dantzler said. "He told me his background and I told him mine. We just talked about where the program is going. We talked about what he sees happening. And then he told me about all the players he got into the NFL."

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