Alberts Commits

Tyler Alberts immediately accepted North Carolina's scholarship offer on Monday evening.

"They offered and I loved it this weekend," said Alberts, who was in Chapel Hill for the UNC-ECU game. "It was just the place I felt was right after this weekend. When they called, it was where I wanted to be, so I went ahead and took it."

UNC is Albert's first and only offer, but the 6-foot-8, 220-pound defensive end from Lewisville (N.C.) Forsyth Country Day was receiving interest from Duke, N.C. State, Tennessee, and Wake Forest.

"Carolina was the first to pull the trigger and that's where I wanted to be so that's what I did," Alberts said. "We sent out tape to a ton of schools and they were just coming back little by little. Carolina was my No. 1 the whole time and that's where I wanted to be at and they were the first to call back."

Alberts says his commitment is firm and no new offers will change his stance.

"I gave them my word that I'm coming and I'll for sure be there," Alberts said.

Alberts played junior varsity football as a freshman, but gave it up to concentrate more on baseball. He decided to give football a try again this past off-season.

"I was working a basketball camp for the basketball coach of our high school," Alberts explained. "He said they needed some players for the seven-on-sevens they were doing at Wake Forest. He said I didn't have to play football. I came out, helped him, and did really, really well. I decided to give it a try and everything fell into place and I just really liked it."

Alberts went on to earn a starting spot at both defensive end and tight end. UNC is recruiting him as a defensive end.

"I just want to play," Alberts said. "Wherever is going to help the team at it doesn't matter – I just want to play."

UNC got a hold of Alberts' film a week ago. A day later, Mogridge called Alberts and invited him to UNC this past Saturday for the East Carolina game.

"Coach ‘Mo' just said he wanted to get me on campus around everything and really see what the school's about," Alberts said.

In addition to watching UNC's 42-17 victory, Alberts' visit included a tour of the football facilities, an introduction to most of the coaching staff, and a sit down meeting with Mogridge.

"[Mogridge] was just asking me where I was in my decision, what I wanted to do, what my interest level was in Carolina, and telling me about [the school]," Alberts said. "Talking to Coach ‘Mo' is what sold [UNC] to me."

Mogridge didn't, however, give Alberts an inkling that a scholarship offer would be forthcoming.

"I didn't think that they would offer that soon," Alberts said. "I knew they were all really interested. They seemed really legitimately interested and sincere about everything.

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