Alberts Eager to Play for Baker

Although he won't have his signing ceremony until Thursday morning, Tyler Alberts signed his Letter-of-Intent on Wednesday.

"It's just a relief to me to finally make it official and to get everything out of the way – all the paperwork stuff," Alberts said. "It feels good."

Upon receiving a scholarship offer from UNC in early October, Alberts, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound defensive end from Lewisville (N.C.) Forsyth Country Day, immediately accepted.

"Everything I wanted and was looking for was [at UNC]," Alberts said. "I just liked everything about it – especially the coaching staff… I just can't wait to get down there. The program, the fans – [I liked] everything."

A few weekends ago, Alberts and fellow UNC signee Eric Ebron visited Chapel Hill unofficially together. During his stay, Alberts met newly hired defensive line coach Brian Baker for the first time.

"I can't wait to play for [Baker]," Alberts said. "It was really cool to be able to sit down and talk to him and listen to everywhere he's been and the stuff he's done and how much he could help me once I get there."

Alberts had a 30-minute conversation with Baker in his office.

"It was just him and I, and he was just telling me how he watched my tape and what he thought about it and what all he's going to expect from me when I get there," Alberts said. "He told me a lot about him. We were just getting to know each other."

With his recruitment finalized, Alberts' focus is his basketball season, which got off to a rough start but has since picked up. He'll pitch and play first baseball on Forsyth Country Day's baseball team in the spring season.

Alberts says everything is order for him to fully qualify. While most incoming freshmen won't enroll until the second summer semester, Alberts plans to enroll at UNC for the first session, which begins in May.

"I just have to get my Spanish done and that's the only class I have left to pass, still – and I don't even know if that's for the [NCAA] Clearinghouse, I think that's for [UNC]," Alberts said.

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