Ellerbe Firms Up

WADESBORO, N.C. -- Brandon Ellerbe committed to UNC last summer, but he brought a little suspense into Signing Day before signing with the Tar Heels at a Wednesday ceremony at Anson County High School. InsideCarolina.com was there ...

How does it feel to make your decision final?

"It was a big decision. I finally get the pressure off my back. It was a hard decision – a tough decision."

You've been a soft commitment since the summer, when did you make a final decision?

"After I took the official visit. Just getting around the players, getting around the coaches, having Coach [Butch] Davis around everyday and him talking to me one-on-one – my mom and I, it was a good feeling. I just felt comfortable. My heart just opened up to Chapel Hill."

Throughout your recruitment, you were verbally committed to somebody – whether it be Clemson or UNC. Why did you take that approach?

"I didn't really mean to commit on the spot. I wanted to open things up, but I didn't open things up. But things happen for a reason."

What was it about UNC that made you sign with the school?

"I like the community, the environment, the game day [atmosphere], [and] the coaches – you've got to love Butch Davis, he's the man. He kept it real with me."

You've developed friendships with early enrollees like Marquise Williams and T.J. Thorpe, did you let them know what you were doing?

"Actually, I was texting Marquise this morning. He texted me asking me what I was going to do. I told him ‘You'll have to find out for yourself.' I wanted it to be a surprise to everyone."

They have been on campus for about a month now, has Williams or Thorpe given you a glimpse as to what it's like?

"They were telling me things are awesome [and] fun. They told me they would look out for me."

Did you inform the UNC coaches of your intentions to honor your commitment?

"Coach [Sam] Pittman called me last night [and] asked me what I was going to do. He wanted to make sure I was still in there. I kept it real with him that I was going to come."

UNC is graduating both of its starting safeties, what position is the coaching staff projecting you as?

"They want me to come in and play free [safety]. That's fine with me."

How did your family influence your decision?

"That didn't play into my decision. Actually, they were just waiting on my decision. Nobody really knew where I was going to go, because I was always talking about somebody to everyone. They just wanted me to be happy." Brandon Ellerbe Profile

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