Heels Offer Wolfpack Pledge

Over the weekend North Carolina entered the sweepstakes for N.C. State football commitment Chris Culliver. The Tar Heels became the latest school to offer the 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back from Garner (N.C.).

"At first I overheard it from one of the coaches," Culliver said on Sunday. "I was walking trying to find my mouthpiece – lucky I couldn't find my mouthpiece. I heard him talking on the phone and he said while he was here, he was going to offer Culliver. I started smiling.

"And then, my friend told me. And also he talked to my dad."

North Carolina joins Clemson, Florida, and N.C. State on Culliver's offers sheet.

"North Carolina is a good school – one of the best," said Culliver.

However, Culliver verbally committed to rival N.C. State in early April.

"It's was a premature commit," said Culliver. "I'm still going to keep my options open to any school -- I'm not going to stop looking at other schools just because [of my commitment to] State. I'm just going to do what's best for me and what's best for my family."

Regardless, Culliver isn't ready to de-commit, and might never do so.

"Maybe [there's a chance I might de-commit], but not really," said Culliver. "I'm not going to do a school like that – de-commit because other schools offer me.

"When I talked to Coach [Todd] Stroud I just kind of felt like I was at home, but I said I was always going to keep my options open."

On June 3rd, Culliver is planning to unofficially visit Florida, and then three days later take a trip to Clemson. He also plans to camp at Virginia Tech and N.C. State.

Although Culliver is mostly being recruited to play safety, he possesses speed of a shutdown cornerback. During Scout.com's All-American Combine, he ran the day's best 40-yard dash time of 4.38. He then went on to impress observers during one-on-one passing drills.

As a junior, Culliver played strong safety where he totaled 127 tackles, seven sacks, and two interceptions.

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