UNC Gets Its Quarterback

Shortly after returning home from an unofficial visit to North Carolina on Sunday, Mitch Trubisky made his collegiate decision.

"I just committed to the University of North Carolina," Trubisky said Sunday evening. "I knew I was interested in North Carolina when they came to visit my school – and then they offered me. So I knew I had to get down there and visit the campus.

"Once I got there, the campus was just so beautiful and it just felt like home. I felt like I related to the coaches really well. I just felt like it would be in my best interest to play for them throughout my college career. I'm very excited and I think it's a great fit for me.

"I feel comfortable – that's the main word I tried to use throughout the process [because] wherever I felt most comfortable, that's where I was going to go. I feel like North Carolina is great for me."

Trubisky is a four-star prospect and the No. 19-ranked quarterback, according to Scout.com. As a junior, he threw for 3,845 yards and 42 touchdowns on 238-of-388 passing and rushed for 598 yards and 13 scores on 129 carries.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback from Mentor (Ohio) set up the visit to UNC last week.

"Coach [Blake] Anderson just told me I really needed to get just out there and see it for myself and it would change my whole perspective about it. He was right—I fell in love with it."

Accompanied by his head football coach, Steve Trivisonno, Trubisky flew out to Chapel Hill on Saturday morning. Upon their arrival, they were given a full tour of UNC's campus, including Kenan Stadium and the academic support buildings.

After the tour, Trubisky attended the UNC baseball game against Virginia Tech, which the Tar Heels won, 6-2.

"It was awesome," Trubisky said of the baseball game. "You walk in and everybody is wearing Carolina Blue and they're chanting ‘Tar Heels.' They're really passionate about their sports. From there, I just felt like it was the right place to be."

From Boshamer Stadium, Trubisky returned to the football building where he spent time with Anderson, UNC's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

"The biggest part in choosing my college was the quarterbacks coach, because that's the guy you're going to spend the most time with," Trubisky said. "I felt like I could hang out with him all day – he's just that kind of guy that you want to be around. I could just see myself learning from him."

Trubisky also had a chance to meet with Larry Fedora in his office. The head coach talked about UNC as a football program and a school, and also broke down UNC's quarterback situation.

"He said they were going to sign one quarterback and I was at the top of their list – if not their No. 1 guy," Trubisky said. "They felt that, just me and what I'm able to do just fit perfectly in their offense. I agreed with them."

Trubisky ended Saturday night by hanging out with starting quarterback Bryn Renner.

"I got to talk to [Renner] about North Carolina football from a player's perspective," Trubisky said. "Him and I hit it off right off the bat. Everything we talked about, we could relate to each other. He just told me how awesome North Carolina was and how he fits in there and how a guy like me would fit in with all the rest of the guys. I just felt real comfortable around him."

Trubisky departed for home Sunday morning – spending most of the day in airports. Later that evening after discussing the situation with his parents, he decided to pull the trigger.

"It was definitely not planned," Trubisky said. "It was a surprise for me that I would be going to North Carolina. But once I got there, I was like ‘I've got to go to college here.' I told myself that I was going to commit when I was ready and in my heart I knew I was ready."

Trubisky says his verbal commitment is firm and he is finished visiting any school outside of UNC.

"I wasn't going to come out and say I was committed if I was half committed," Trubisky said. "I knew I was ready and I knew I was done with it."

Trubisky added that his feelings wouldn't change even if childhood favorite Ohio State came knocking with a "committable" scholarship offer.

"I feel like I'm definitely set with North Carolina," Trubisky said. "I feel like if it was meant to be and Ohio State wanted me, they would have took me first, but they didn't. But that's what I like about North Carolina – they wanted me and they showed it. That's the way it's supposed to be."

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