Fritts Commits

Brandon Fritts called North Carolina assistant coaches Blake Anderson and Walt Bell on Monday night and verbally committed.

"When I visited down there, I realized that it was a perfect fit for me," Fritts said. "After I got back, I had a little time to think. I talked to my parents a lot and talked to my coaches. After about a week and a half, I thought it was a perfect time to commit."

Fritts, a 6-foot-4 220-pounder from Mentor (Ohio), visited UNC for its spring game with his father. He left with a scholarship and listing the Tar Heels as his leader. Originally, though, he wanted his mother to make a visit before making a verbal commitment.

"She just told me she would support me in whatever I'd do," Fritts said. "If I liked it, she likes it. We haven't set up a date yet, but we're definitely going to get down there soon and I'll be able to show her around and show my brother around, too."

Fritts guesses that his next visit to UNC will occur sometime over the summer. Regardless, UNC will be the only school he will visit from this point forward.

"I'm 100-percent a Tar Heel and always will be," Fritts said.

In addition to UNC, Akron, Bowling Green, Minnesota, Ohio, and Toledo offered Fritts a scholarship.

"When I went down there [to UNC] I was able to see the spring game and see the offense," Fritts said. "Watching the offense, I just felt like I could fit in. In talking to the coaches, they told me how they'd use me. I really think they have a different style of offense than most colleges.

"I liked the school and I liked the coaches. It was just a perfect fit."

Fritts has started at wide receiver for Mentor since his sophomore season, but UNC plans to bulk him up and play him as a receiving tight end.

"They said I'll play like a tight end, but I'll be detached," Fritts said.

As a junior, Fritts progressed into current Tar Heel quarterback Mitch Trubisky's favorite and most reliable target, catching 59 passes for 1,187 yards and 17 touchdowns.

"I talked to Mitch a lot," Fritts said. "I've known him since we were little kids. Mitch loves it down there, but he didn't try to influence me to come down there. I just think it was a right fit for me, too. He was just telling me whatever I did – even if it wasn't North Carolina – he was going to be happy for me. He was just there for me for whatever questions I have.

"It's going to be a lot of fun to reunite with him. I look forward to it."

By making the commitment, Fritts says he feels he has relieved himself of a lot of stress.

"It feels good," Fritts said. "It feels like a weight is off my shoulders. I'm ready to finish up my high school career here and end on a good note. And then head to North Carolina."

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