"I just felt like North Carolina was where I needed to be. There was a lot about it. I love the college atmosphere, great education, the culture down there is good, the coaching staff is good. Everything just kind of came together at North Carolina, I guess, as far as my criteria."
Tell me about the timing of the decision to commit.
"I had always planned to commit as soon as I decided. I wasn't a big fan of the recruiting process. I just didn't enjoy it all that much—I don't know why. I just knew that when I knew where I wanted to go I was going to go ahead and commit and get it out of the way to focus on making a run at the state championship."
When did you know this is what you wanted to do?
"North Carolina was always at the top of my list. I prayed about it, talked about it with my family a lot and it was real gradual. I wasn't completely 100-percent sure until the day that I committed. When I was 100-percent sure I knew where I wanted to go, I didn't waste any time."
When did you inform the coaches of your feelings?
"Sunday evening-ish. I talked to [Art] Kaufman and then I talked to Coach [Everett] Withers."
What was their reaction to the news?
"I don't remember what they said. Both of them were really happy. They had just gotten out of practice right before I called them. I only got to talk to them each for five minutes. They both were real ecstatic."
How did the uncertainty surrounding UNC affect your decision?
Not too much because North Carolina [offers] an incredible education. And past that they're committed to their football program. So I felt like as long as I felt comfortable on the campus with the guys that I'll be playing with and with the degree I was getting that I'd be okay. If there is a coaching change, I'll cross that bridge if I come to it, but I'll probably stick to my commitment."
What is the game plan for you position-wise at UNC?
"I'm coming in definitely as a linebacker, but I guess later on down the road if things don't work out I can always do fullback. But I'm coming in 100-percent as a linebacker.
"I wasn't really sure which one I wanted to play—linebacker or fullback. But as my season progressed as far as high school and watching more and more college football I just kind of felt more comfortable playing linebacker."
Besides UNC what other schools did you end up officially visiting?
"I [officially] visited Virginia for the Georgia Tech game and Harvard for the Dartmouth game. I enjoyed both visits but North Carolina just felt better."
You originally considered officially visiting California. Why didn't you end up visiting there?
"It just didn't work out for me to take a visit there and since I couldn't do that, it pretty much ended there."
How did your UNC official visit affect your decision?
"The main thing was getting to interact with the players and see what culture is around there. That visit definitely gave me a lot of information. It gave me the information I needed to make the decision—it definitely helped. I visited there once before and I didn't get to meet any of the football players, so it really helped."
How did your primary recruiter, Kaufman, affect your decision?
"Coach Kaufman is my primary recruiter as well as my position coach and the defensive coordinator. We had talked a lot and built a bond, so that helped. I can see myself playing for him."