Informal Official Visit for Trubisky

Informal Official Visit for Trubisky

Having been committed to the school since May and having made several unofficial visits along the way, Mitch Trubisky's North Carolina official visit over the weekend was a formality full of informality.

Like all official trips, Trubisky's initial itinerary included a meeting with Larry Fedora to end the visit. But once on campus, those plans were scrapped to stick with the informal tone the visit took.

"Instead of me and my parents meeting in his office, we just took that out of the schedule and went out to dinner on Sunday [with Fedora]," the 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback from Mentor (Ohio) said. "We felt like we didn't really need it, because we didn't really have any more questions… It was very informal – we just hung out and got to know each other. We were just having a good time with not a whole lot of football talk."

Trubisky's and his parents' last remaining questions were answered during an in-home visit with Fedora about a week ago.

In a full car, Trubisky departed from Mentor, Ohio immediately after school let out. Following the nine-hour road trip, the group – which consisted of Trubisky, his parents, brother, sister, and girlfriend – arrived in Chapel Hill at about 1 a.m. on Saturday.

"I basically just enjoyed the time with my family and the coaches and we had a blast," Trubisky said. "I got to meet up with some of the other commitments Jordan Fieulleteau and his brother Justin and Ryan Switzer and the newest addition to the class, Brad Henson."

Trubisky's stay included a full campus tour, comprised of the football facilities and academic buildings, and the UNC-ECU basketball game on Saturday afternoon.

"[The basketball game] was pretty cool, it was pretty awesome," Trubisky said. "There were a lot of fans at that game. And it was good to get the full North Carolina experience. It was a great basketball game. Being a part of the Tar Heel community was a lot of fun."

Trubisky also doubled as a recruiter, helping the coaching staff flip Henson's verbal commitment.

"We were able to persuade him to jump on board," Trubisky said. "We were working on him all weekend. We could tell he liked it just showing him around. I didn't really know his position with UVa, because we didn't really talk about UVa. We just talked about what North Carolina had to offer. We just pumped it up as much as possible – where the coaches are taking this program, and I think him and his family had a great time. I'm glad he switched his commitment to North Carolina."

Henson didn't technically verbally commit until his official visit-ending meeting with Larry Fedora. However, he definitely left plenty of hints that a switch was on the horizon.

"Us guys were hanging out the night before and he might have said it but you could just feel it," Trubisky said. "We became great friends and we had a great time this weekend."

Trubisky estimates that basically the entire time he was on campus he was with Blake Anderson, UNC's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

"I could tell that I'm going to love him as a coach," Trubisky said. "And I can't wait to get started with him on the field.

"We were just hanging out. It was nothing formal. We did watch film a little bit – he was just showing my dad what the offense is all about. We talked about football [and] we talked about family."

Freshman walk-on quarterback Drew Davis was Trubisky's player host for the weekend.

"We were just hanging out," Trubisky said. "He was just telling me about all the great stuff North Carolina has to offer. He was pointing stuff out around campus, [like] what would be helpful to me, and just getting to know each other as teammates. We had a great time."

Overall, the visit confirmed to Trubisky that he made the correct decision when he verbally committed to UNC seven months ago.

"I think just the experience I had this weekend, I proved to myself that I did make a great decision," Trubisky said. "And even more so, I'm more confident in it."

Jan. 4 is Trubisky's final day at Mentor High School.

"My winter break has already started," Trubisky said. "And I have to go back to school for only two days. I'll finish up all my tests in the classes I am in and they'll take care of the paperwork over the weekend. And then the next week, I'll start classes at North Carolina."

A day after that final day of school, Trubisky will begin to move into his dorm at UNC.

"My parents are going to drive me down," Trubisky said. "I'm going to get situated either on the fifth or sixth. And then I'll have orientation the next day and we start classes on the ninth."

While he's fully aware that Bryn Renner is the starting quarterback, Trubisky's mindset is to compete for immediate playing time.

"I'm going to come in, in January going after the starting job, because you don't play the game to be a backup – you play to actually get into the game," Trubisky said. "Bryn's a great quarterback and I'm going to push him to be even better and I'm sure he's going to teach me a lot… Whatever role they give me this year, that's what I'll take… They can't obviously assign me a third string or second string – I'm going to go in and earn my spot."

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