Williamson Ready for Next Level

North Carolina signee Phillip Williamson is happy to finally close the recruitment chapter of his life.

"It feels good to finally have this whole Signing Day over with," Williamson said. "I'm just ready for the next level."

Since his verbal commitment in May, Williamson, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker from Durham (N.C.) Jordan, has seen three coaches man UNC's head coach position. The turnover, though, didn't deter him in the least.

"Everything turned out good," Williamson said. "A lot of people said [when I committed], ‘You don't know who's going to be the coach.' There is not another coaching staff that I'd rather have than the coaching staff we have now. Everybody is cool. Everybody is fun. I don't like what happened, but I'm glad it happened."

Specifically, in a short period of time Williamson developed a solid relationship with future position coach Dave Duggan.

"I just like the way he is, the defense they want to play," Williamson said. "They told me I could play the ‘bandit' linebacker or the weak-side linebacker. [Those positions] are basically what I play now. I just need to learn the plays, get bigger, faster, [and] stronger."

Ultimately what kept Williamson from reconsidering his UNC verbal commitment were characteristics unrelated to the football program.

"I loved everything about it – the alumni family, the education," Williamson said. "And when I was little, they were who I used to watch."

With his recruitment finalized, Williamson's focus is his basketball season. He'll follow that up by running track in the spring.

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