With a Boston College visit last weekend and a trip to North Carolina this weekend, Fairless Hills (Pa.) Conwell Egan running back Patrick Garwo is seeing schools high on his list.

Add in a recent trip to Syracuse, and the 5-foot-10, 202-pound Garwo is getting a feel for the schools pursuing him the hardest.

And this weekend's visit to North Carolina is important given the amount of time the Tar Heels are spending in recruiting him. Tight ends coach Chad Scott checked on Garwo numerous times in the winter, and coach Larry Fedora also stopped by.

"They just got a new running backs coach change," Garwo said. "I was on the phone with (running backs) coach (Robert) Gillespie (Tuesday), just getting to know each other, developing a (relationship). Coach Scott with me is a huge need. Coach Scott probably hits me up every day, about beyond football, what North Carolina could do for me.

"Just like Syracuse, Rutgers, they need a guy to change their program, dominant at running back, he likes how I’m versatile and just wanting me to get down to campus for a while, so I’m taking a visit to see how they are bonding, family atmosphere, how the program is, how they run the ball. North Carolina, they’re really on me a lot.”

Garwo was at Boston College for a big recruiting day and scrimmage Saturday, and he was able to see the program first-hand.

“It was a great visit,"Garwo said. "Coach (Brian) White, the running backs coach, I was with him. I felt the family atmosphere and the need for me there. Head coach (Steve) Addazio was saying it’s a running backs dream to be in their offense.

"They run the ball, obviously great academics, they play in a great conference and coach White talks about developing running backs and how a lot of the running backs he coached at (Boston College) and Wisconsin went to the NFL. So he just really develops running backs into great football players and after football. They showed a lot of love and kept it real with me and my family the whole time.”

Meanwhile, although Garwo's visit to Syracuse was nearly a month ago, it resonates with him.
"They have really nice facilities up there,” he said. “They’re also trying to get a running back to change their identity. People say they’re a throwing team but they really want to run the ball. Coach (Dion) Babers, the head coach, is preaching academics with me and my family because that’s important to me. And they need a game-changer and the need aspect there is really big too. They believe I can be their guy.”"