June 20, 2013

Cabrera talks Freak Show, summer plans

UNC wrapped up its 2013 camp season with the Fedora's Freak Show Saturday night in Chapel Hill.

Since the start of the first camp session the Friday night the week prior to the Freak Show, the Tar Heels have reeled in 6 commitments from Tyler Powell, Allen Artis, Cameron Albright, Jeremiah Clarke, Ayden Bonilla and today's commitment from Avery Edwards.

They've locked up players on the defensive line, defensive backfield and linebacker spots. They've got spots filled at quarterback and running back as well.

One position that has yet to fall this recruiting season is wide receiver.

UNC has had close contact with Josh Cabrera, a 6-foot-2, 187-pound wide out from Jacksonville (N.C.) Northside. Cabrera has offers from Virginia Tech, Louisville, Duke, East Carolina and the Tar Heels.
Cabrera participated in Saturday night's camp season finale and walked away feeling more comfortable with the coaching staff in Chapel Hill and received some pointers on route running.

"I did a lot of with coach Gunter Brewer. He's really energetic," said Cabrera. "We watched a little bit of film. He showed me how to split a defender and run better routes. He showed me how to disguise my routes."

North Carolina holds the distinction as being the first college campus to host Cabrera for a camp this summer. He says the experience was a fun one.

"It was really nice. I enjoyed myself. I had fun and thought I got better," said Cabrera. "That was actually the first camp I had been too. It was pretty nice. Other than the Rivals Camp. That was the only other camp I've been too."

While North Carolina's camp was the first one
he's gotten a chance to attend it likely won't be the last.

He's not sure how many he'll be able to attend but he knows for certain he'll take part when Virginia Tech has their camp.

"I'm going to visit Virginia Tech on July 14 (and participate in their camp)," said Cabrera. "After that I'm going to go to Duke and after that I'm going to try and go to Louisville. I don't know how many I'll be able to do in July but I'm going to try and get to some (more camps)."

Cabrera says at this point he's still trying to visit schools and get a better sense of what their all about. He hasn't really narrowed down his list yet and looks forward to seeing some of his potential landing spots more up close and personal.

"I just haven't visited those schools yet. The ones that I stay in contact with the most are West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke and UNC," said Cabrera. "I haven't really had that much contact with Louisville and N.C. State."

When asked if any schools might be hanging back and flying under the radar, Cabrera said that to his knowledge that isn't the case.

"Not really. I know the recruiters from South Carolina wanted me to come to one of their camps. I've got to look for the dates and I wouldn't mind going to that," said Cabrera. "Other than that, not really. Mississippi State a little bit. They've been sending me a lot of letters."

Cabrera did visit the Wolfpack earlier in their during their Junior Day festivities. That was his first chance to interact with new N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren.

"I went over there for a Junior Day a while ago. I like him a lot," said Cabrera. "He looks like he knows what he's doing to get them to be a good program. He likes to throw with his teams too."
Cabrera, like most in attendance, had a lot of fun playing in a friendly game of dodge ball to end the Freak Show night.

Unfortunately for the athletic wide receiver, he didn't get to play for long.

"Not at all. The first game the guy threw it at me and I thought I could catch it and I just dropped it," said Cabrera about how long he lasted during the two games. "The other game I threw it at a lineman and he caught it. That was pretty fun. I wish we would have won."

Although he admits he loves the enthusiasm with which the Tar Heel coaches plan fun activities for the visiting recruits during their trips, such as the corn hole tournament they had during the Junior Day, he admitted that the coaches were not impressive with their dodge ball skills.

"Yeah, they played like they had a technique they didn't remember."

As he heads into the last summer before his last high school football season, Cabrera says he's just focusing on getting better and helping his team compete on the field when fall rolls around.

Currently, there isn't a timetable for him to narrow down his list or make a commitment but as we've seen this week with UNC recruiting, if one wide receiver commits, that could speed the process up for everybody else.

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