Switzer '100 Percent Committed'

A report posted Monday evening questioned the commitment status of North Carolina pledge Ryan Switzer. The following evening, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound athlete from Charleston (W.Va.) Washington set the record straight.

"I'm 100 percent committed to the University of North Carolina," Switzer said. "[Rumors about me wavering] are going around West Virginia, but I don't know what's going on."

Switzer admits that he has some concerns, but has researched the situation since the interview in question – which was with ESPN.com – was conducted.

"The guy came to me and I was concerned with what was going on, because people were calling me, tweeting me, and I didn't hear anything," Switzer said. "It concerned me, because I didn't know if they were going to get hit [by sanctions] again or not. But when I looked up on it a little more, I felt better about the situation. I'm 100-percent committed to North Carolina."

Switzer plans on discussing any remaining concerns with UNC in the very near future.

"I'm gong to talk to Coach [Blake] Anderson and Coach [Larry] Fedora, but I'm comfortable with [the situation]. It doesn't seem like a big deal to this point. If something else does come up, then my family and I will handle it the appropriate way."

If everything works out schedule-wise, Switzer hopes to return to UNC for the Tar Heels' season opener against Elon on Sept. 1.

"I know we're going to make it up there soon," Switzer said. "We're looking at the first game. I don't plan on making it a lot just for the fact that I'll have a game the night before and then have to travel back home. But we'll definitely be at a game or two."

Switzer received some positive news this week as well. He was named to the USA Today Preseason All-American Team.

"It was pretty nice," Switzer said. "I got on the team last year, but to make the preseason [team] just shows that they haven't forgotten about me. And that I have some work to do, too, just to keep that status because it is just the preseason."

Certainly, Switzer's focus is more on his team than individual accolades. Washington went undefeated last season until losing the WVSSAC AAA title game to Martinsburg.

"The expectations are high," Switzer said. "We feel as a team if we don't win a state championship it will be a bust. A lot of teams say that, but we actually mean it. We feel that with the guys coming back that we're going to be in the title run."

Being the most highly recruited player in West Virginia in recent memory, a lot of the burden of Washington's success falls on Switzer's shoulders.

"As I mature and get older, I accept [the expectations] more," Switzer said. "… I have guys around me for support. It's not a one-man sport, so I have ten other guys out there with me who have my back."

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