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OKorn blown away by UNC

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas three-star quarterback John O'Korn made his way to the University of North Carolina this past weekend for a visit. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound signal-caller was impressed by what he saw in Chapel Hill.
"I really loved everything I saw," O'Korn said. "I got to spend some time with family that lives in Chapel Hill, about a mile from campus. I got to really get to see how they are going to run things with this new coaching staff. I got to hang out with the players and see what it is like to be a player there. The campus itself is just beautiful. They also have the major I am looking at in exercise sports science.
"Everything about the visit was just perfect," O'Korn added.
During the visit, O'Korn met with Larry Fedora and a number of his assistant coaches. He was offered by the staff during the visit.
"I really talked to Coach (Blake) Anderson a lot," O'Korn said. "I spent most of the time talking with him. We watched a lot of film of what they are doing and what they did at Southern Miss. He taught me some of the plays and I picked up on it really fast. They feel like I am a perfect fit for the type of offense they are going to run there - they are going to spread the field and try to run a play every 14 seconds. It is really a high-tempo, exciting offense and they are going to put up a lot of points in the near future."
The pro-style quarterback also had a chance to spend time with, and speak to, a number of the current players.
"At first they had some trouble adjusting to the offense because it is completely different from what they have run in the past but they all love the new coaching staff," O'Korn said. "They have a lot of young guys there, in the coaching staff. From talking to Giovani Bernard who is there from St. Thomas (Aquinas), he says that they all love the coaching staff and things have started off great."
North Carolina was recently handed sanctions by the NCAA for the misdeeds of previous staff members. The punishment delivered to the Tar Heels won't impact O'Korn.
"Not really," O'Korn said when asked if the sanctions would have any impact. "I think most of that stuff will be cleared up by the time I am there, by the time I am getting a lot of playing time once I get there so I don't really have a problem with that."
Despite a superb visit, O'Korn said the thought of committing did not cross his mind while at North Carolina.
"I really loved everything but I am just not ready to make a decision yet," O'Korn said. "I think it is going to be best if I wait until after spring and maybe into June. I will look at all of my options with (Aquinas head) Coach (Rocco) Casullo and my parents. I will just take everything into consideration.
"Right now they are definitely my top choice though," O'Korn added referring to North Carolina.
O'Korn is hoping to return to Chapel Hill for the spring game. If he doesn't visit then, he will return early in the summer.
He will visit South Florida, who is the only other school to offer him, this weekend and then travel to Alabama the following weekend.
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