Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge three-star athlete Guito Ervilus took his first official visit this past weekend when he traveled to check out the North Carolina Tar Heels. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound athlete came away impressed with everything he saw in Chapel Hill.
"I liked the program," Ervilus said. "I really liked their academic program. I felt like it is hard not to be successful in their program. I also like their physical and mental program, as well as their strength and conditioning coaches. I also liked the atmosphere up there and the alumni."
Ervilus was accompanied on the visit by his mother, Jennifer Bellinger. She also came away very impressed with the academic set-up at North Carolina. Ervilus, who is already academically eligible, will consider academics heavily in his final decision.
"I like the academic program that they have set up for the student-athletes," Bellinger said. "I thought it was pretty good. I like how they work with the students there and how they try to prevent the students from getting into a situation where they are failing. I like how they monitor the students. I thought it was a pretty good set-up."
During the visit, Ervilus had a chance to sit down with head coach Everett Withers. During that conversation, one specific questions that Ervilus had was answered by Withers and his staff.
"He asked about what position they are interested in him for and they told him defensive end," Bellinger said.
In the 49-24 victory for the Tar Heels over Wake Forest, Ervilus paid attention to the performance and play of the North Carolina defensive ends.
"I saw that they are losing a senior and rely a lot on two sophomores," Ervilus said. "So if I was to go there I might be in a position to play early on."
With the visit now concluded, Ervilus and his mother have returned to Central Florida. The Sunshine State prospect did not make a commitment during his visit, but he left with the Tar Heels on top.
"We are very interested," Bellinger said. "We are going to talk about it and then look and see if we are going to take additional visits. But we are definitely very interested in the school."
According to his mother, if additional visits are taken some likely destinations include Florida State, Louisville, Miami, and South Florida.
Ervilus missed the first half of his senior season due to an ACL tear suffered in the spring. He has since returned to action.