UNC Standing Out for Whitmire

Jay Whitmire still doesn't have a list of favorite schools. However, on the heels of participating in North Carolina's "Beast of the Hill" 7-on-7 event, one school has begun to separate itself.

"I think UNC is starting to stand out," Whitmire said. "Coach [Sam] Pittman, he's really a great guy and [I like] the proximity to home and being a good school, academically."

Regardless, Whitmire, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle from Alexandria (Va.) Williams, isn't ready to call UNC his leader.

Furthermore, Whitmire isn't sure when he'll name favorite schools or make a verbal commitment.

"I guess I'll know when I'll know," Whitmire said. "I don't know when exactly that will be.

"Once I'm watching the football season, seeing how it goes, maybe I'll be able to gather more information about the schools."

On Thursday evening, Whitmire and his teammates arrived in Chapel Hill in preparation for the "Beast of the Hill."

Before eating dinner together, Williams' entire team was given a campus tour.

"This time I realized how the campus isn't humongous," said Whitmire, who has visited UNC several times prior. "I was able to picture the whole campus and how it fits together."

Later that night, Whitmire met with Pittman, individually.

"We talked about how recruiting has been going for him and for me," Whitmire said.

UNC has received verbal commitments from four offensive line prospects.

"I think they're only going to take one more – maybe two more," Whitmire said.

On Friday, it was all business for Williams HS - its focus was exclusively on the "Beast of the Hill." Throughout the day, Whitmire participated as a tight end and H-back, something he's done at previous 7-on-7 events the past two summers.

"I like playing tight end a little bit – catching some touchdowns and stuff," Whitmire said. "I think doing 7-on-7 and actually running, it's a lot different than just running during conditioning. I think it's better for me, because it's actually against other people – just how it's going to go during a game. It also helps me become a better athlete."

But, don't expect Whitmire to line up at tight end during the football season.

"Maybe if you're allowed to report eligible [as a receiver], we'd have a play [for me during the season]," Whitmire said. "But since you can't do that in high school, I'll be a tackle."

During the "Beast of the Hill," Williams HS didn't fair so well. The Titans went 1-4 and failed to qualify for either the "Championship" or the "Challenger" bracket, while playing in a pod with Miami (Fla.) Carol City and Durham (N.C.) Hillside.

Besides the "Beast of the Hill," Whitmire and his teammates have competed in 7-on-7s at Pittsburgh and Virginia this summer.

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