UNC Lands First 2014 Commitment

While North Carolina is still hard at work with the 2013 class, the Tar Heel coaching staff has picked up a commitment from a 2014 prospect -- Tajze Battle, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback from Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar.

"It's always been my dream school," Battle said. "I've always loved North Carolina. And when I went to the school for a camp, I fell in love with the campus. The coaches gave me so much loyalty and love. When they offered me, I felt like I needed to jump on it early."

Battle, who was offered by UNC shortly after his performance at the Tar Heels' camp on Tuesday, didn't immediately commit.

"After they offered me, I talked it over with my momma," Battle said. "Then [Wednesday] morning, she said it was up to me. ... I called Coach [Dan] Disch and committed."

Despite the early commitment – Battle can't sign a Letter-of-Intent for over 18 months – Battle says his decision is solid.

"Really, I just want to worry about my high school career now and putting up the stats," Battle said.

Battle and his Dunbar peers camped at Florida and South Florida following UNC's camp.

"But I'm stuck on North Carolina," Battle said. "North Carolina was my dream school.

"After these camps, I'm going back home and it's time to grind."

In addition to Florida and South Florida, Battle is fielding significant interest from Auburn, Georgia, and South Carolina. He has also camped at South Carolina.

"Georgia is very interested in me," Battle said. "They said they wanted to see my grades and then they'll offer. Auburn said the same thing – they said as soon as they see my grades they'll be the next one [to offer]."

Regardless, Battle emphasized the firmness of his pledge.

"North Carolina is my home," Battle said.

Although Battle – and his Dunbar teammates – arrived late for UNC's one-day camp, he didn't fail to leave an impression on Disch, UNC's defensive coordinator and Battle's area recruiter.

"He said they love my footwork and how I'm coachable," Battle said. "We've just got a close bond there too, so everything just connected together."

Battle ended his sophomore season with 71 tackles and 20 pass deflections.

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