Gnonkonde Commits

On Sunday evening, Junior Gnonkonde became North Carolina's third verbal commitment of the weekend.

"The visit was wonderful and he did commit to North Carolina," said Lakeland (Ga.) Lanier County athletic director John White, who joined Gnonkonde on the visit. "Well, he liked the academic part of it and the degree that they offered. And he liked the campus and he loved the coaching staff that he's going to be playing for."

"I liked everything," Gnonkonde said. "It's a good school, good football program, and I like the coaches."

Gnonkonde, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound athlete, verbally committed to Georgia Tech last February, but had his scholarship pulled over a week ago when he failed to clear the school's admissions. The restart to his recruitment opened the door for 10 new schools to enter the picture, resulting in official visits to Louisiana Tech and UNC.

"I feel very good to know where I'm going to be going to go to school for four years," Gnonkonde said. "[The last few weeks] were frustrating."

"Junior is tickled pink," White said. "But he's tired and he's ready to go home and forget about football for a while and finish up his basketball season."

Gnonkonde began his UNC official visit on Saturday morning. That visit continued until Sunday night where he attended the Tar Heels' basketball game against – ironically – Georgia Tech.

"He has a chip on his shoulder," White said. "It was just ironic that it worked out that way [and Junior watched UNC beat Georgia Tech in basketball]. I don't think it was planned that way, but I couldn't think of a better way for him to end [his recruitment]. He enjoyed seeing Georgia Tech get beat and he plans on doing that for four more years in football."

Gnonkonde gave Larry Fedora his verbal commitment just before the basketball game.

UNC is recruiting Gnonkonde as a "bandit" – a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end.

"He's looking forward to playing that for North Carolina," White said.

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