Thomasville (N.C.) athlete E.J. Abrams-Ward made an unofficial visit to North Carolina on Sunday for the Tar Heels Junior Day event. He got to take in Carolina's victory over Duke in basketball and get an up-close look at the Heels' program.
"It was a great experience," Abrams-Ward said. "The game was exciting. The people there were excited about everything and everybody that was coming. It was a joy to be there, really."
The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder got an up-close look at the football facilities at UNC.
"We got to tour the coaches' office, the weight room, the training room, the lounge for the athletes," he said. "It was pretty nice. They told us they were planning on expanding the weight room and remodeling the locker rooms."
He also got extensive time with the new Tar Heels coaching staff.
"Pretty much the bulk of the coaches were there," he said. "I shook hands with coach Butch Davis and talked to him a little bit. He was explaining about building the program and taking it to the level where he feels it should be in terms of competing for a National Championship."
North Carolina definitely got Abrams-Ward's attention.
"It's close to home and good place for me to be at," he said. "I'm still going to keep my eyes open look at all my options. But I definitely let them know I was interested in the school and the program.
"But right now, I'm going to go visit some other schools and see their spring practice and check them out."
Clemson, Florida, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wake Forest and East Carolina all are involved in the recruitment of Abrams-Ward, along with the Heels.
The talented athlete, who led Thomasville to the North Carolina Class 1A championship and an unbeaten record in football, will attempt to lead his team to the Class 1A basketball championship next Saturday in Raleigh. This would be the second time in three years that Abrams-Ward has been part of state championship winning teams in both sports.