January 16, 2014

2015 OL Chaffin gets offer from UNC

The coaching staff made their rounds around the state Thursday, visiting several recruits and targets all around North Carolina.

One target that the coaching staff have had their eye on for a while now is Charlotte Christian offensive line Brian Chaffin and they came with some good news for the big guy.

Gunter Brewer and Chris Kapilovic both made the trip to Charlotte Thursday to deliver the news, as they decided to offer Chaffin for the recruiting class of 2015.

The last time Tar Heel Illustrated was able to catch up with Chaffin, he told us that UNC had a real exciting program and that he could tell the coaches are real jazzed up about what they've got going on with the uniforms and offense.

He was even more excited about the visit Thursday afternoon.

"I was fired up," Chaffin said about the offer.

"UNC is a great school with great academics and a very good program. Larry Fedora really has it going in the right direction. Also, my offensive line coach, who has been big for me and made me the player I am, went to North Carolina. So I was happy to get the offer for multiple reasons. Certainly a place I can see myself playing at."

Football wise, Chaffin understands what the Tar Heels offer and he seems to have some high praise about North Carolina. The Tar Heels will be losing Russell Bodine to the draft this year, leaving a shortage at the center position, something that Chaffin can look at as an early opportunity.

"I love the energy they have," he said about the football program in general. "A buddy of mine, Desmond Lawerence, committed there and he was on the 2012 championship team. He loves it down there, so I hear nothing but good things. They are getting past the sanctions and starting to build a program down there."

"They really need a center in the 2015 class, as the center from last year has left. They are limited on who they can recruit so I thought it was good sign that they offered me. They like the way I move and that I'm smart the way I play the game. Movement and instincts is what they said they see in me the most."

Times have certainly changed since the last time THI caught up with Chaffin, as he was still looking for his first offer from a college last May. Now, the hard work has led to offers coming his way, as he currently has offers from Northwestern, Wake Forest, N.C. State, North Carolina, Mississippi State, and Charlotte, while Duke and Clemson are keeping a close eye on him.

"Since last year's Rivals camp, I was starting to get some guys interest, but it really helped me when I moved back to center. I'm not a left tackle but I had to do that for the team, but I'm a much better center, my natural position. They really liked the way I moved and the camps helped, as coaches really started to take notice."

And how can one not take notice of the guy that has been a center piece of back to back state championships, as Charlotte Christian went undefeated this past season and defeated Charlotte Latin for the title.

Charlotte Chrisitian has been a hot bed for division one recruits, as they already have players such as Georgia commit Jeb Blazevich and N.C. State commits Bo Hines and Garrett Bradbury, while several other recruits are getting looks around the country in the class of 2015 and 2016.

However, he wanted nothing more than to send his teammates out in style, as Charlotte Christian were favored throughout the season and they made their run to the title.

"We lost some big time seniors and had some questions marks. We had to deal with the pressure of being the favorite this season. We really proved that we could do what we needed to do winning back to back."

"We really handled it well and I played well in the championship game. We really showed that this team was legit."

But now, when you ask Chaffin to see if playing with some of his teammates in high school could help persuade his decision of where he might go, it might make his process a little easier but it certainly isn't the determining factor.

"To be honest, I'm wide open and I'm just trying to hear from the programs and evaluate my decision," Chaffin said about whether he has narrowed his colleges down.

"Right now, I'm not trying to name a favorite and I'm trying to give everyone a fair shot. I'll probably try to narrow it down in the spring."

"We (Hines and Bradbury) are real tight; they are some of my best friends. I think it would be great opportunity (to play with them in college) but at the end of the day, I have to do what's best for me and my family. I think it would be great to play with them but that's not the deciding factor, but it certainly helps the process."

Right now, Chaffin doesn't have any visits planned for Chapel Hill, as he will be heading up to Northwestern Jan 18th and to N.C. State and Wake Forest in the coming months.

But that doesn't mean he hasn't seen or know what Chapel Hill is all about, as he has been to visit and be around the team a couple of times in the past year.

"I have in Chapel Hill and seen UNC two or three times. The last time was I watched them practice at the Belk bowl, but that was the last time I was in contact. It was fun and I got to hang out, so I know what they have to offer. If they make the final cut, then I'll go to see more of the academics and see everything in detail."

The Tar Heels currently have Lucas Crowley on the roster at center and there is certainly a need for that position in the upcoming class for North Carolina.

Chaffin is a versatile player and one that has grown into a name to know in the state of North Carolina, as the coaches are looking to continue their success at keeping the top talent in NC home in Chapel Hill.

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