Virgile Signs with Carolina

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. --- Keeon Virgile made his collegiate destination known just before 8 a.m. on National Signing Day – he is signing with North Carolina.

"I think that I can fit into that area," Virgile said of Chapel Hill. "My parents and my coach helped me [with my decision]."

Virgile explained Wednesday morning that he "recently" made the decision to sign with UNC. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker from North Miami Beach (Fla.) was also strongly considering Nebraska.

"[Nebraska and UNC] have good defenses and both have good academics," Virgile said.

Virgile took official visits to both schools, plus Florida International and Western Michigan.

"The [official] visit [to UNC] helped me feel more comfortable [with the school]," he said. "I got a lot of my questions answered about the school."

Virgile said he is glad to formally have the recruiting process out of the way.

"It feels real good to sign," Virgile said. "It's a little extra pressure off me – that's all."

Troy Douglas was Virgile's primary recruiter for UNC.


How does it feel to be signing your Letter of Intent today?
"It feels great. Its like a dream come true. This is a great day.

Why North Carolina?
"I really liked the feeling I got when I visited there. The program is going in a direction that I like and I like what the coaches told me. It just feels like the right place for me to be -- I feel like I'll fit in well."

Nebraska was in the picture for a while, what swayed you to UNC?
"I didn't really like all of that farm land out there (laughs). It was too much and Nebraska is a lot farther from Miami than North Carolina is. At least in North Carolina my family can travel a bit easier to see me play."

What kind of relationship do you have with coach Butch Davis?
"We have a very good relationship. I feel like he really knows what he's doing and he really knows how to recruit you. And I like his concepts on football."

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