Stewart: 'It Just Felt Right'

On Monday afternoon, M.J. Stewart committed to North Carolina. The Arlington (Va.) Yorktown athlete spoke to about his decision.

You've been mulling a decision for a month or so. What brought you to the point of actually committing?

"In my mind, I always thought UNC. It just felt right."

What was it about UNC that really sold you?

"It was not just one thing. It was just everything about it. I don't know. Like I said, it just felt right. I just felt in my mind and my heart that North Carolina was the place."

You've never named an actual leader, so when did you feel like you were drifting in that direction?

"To tell you the truth, probably a month ago."

Was there anything that occurred or did it gradually happen?

"It just gradually happened."

Caleb Henderson mentioned that you and him go way back and that he has been recruiting you. What role did he play in your decision?

"Yeah, he was recruiting me, but he didn't play a big role. It was on me. I told myself that I was going to decide where I wanted to go, because I wanted to go there [and] no one was going to influence me. It's going to be nice to play with him, though."

In addition to Henderson, there are several other Virginia products that have committed to UNC. What are your thoughts on that?

"It's going to be cool. We can be the VA boys down there. We can start a dynasty of VA recruits, because there are a lot of players out of the Virginia area that get overshadowed by people out of Florida, Texas, and California. We have a lot of good people out of this area and it would be nice to bring them all down into one place."

Walt Bell recruited most of those Virginia commitments. How much of a role did he play in your decision?

"I played the biggest role, but he played a big role. He constantly checked up on me to see how I was doing like every week. He's real cool – I got to know him over this recruiting process. I can't wait to play under him."

You're coming in as a cornerback. How do you fit into UNC's plans as far as playing time?

"They said I have a real good chance to play my freshman year. They said nothing is guaranteed – I definitely have to work for it. But they said I have a real good chance to play on defense and special teams."

How do you feel now that you've made your decision?

"It feels good now that it's over. I can just relax and focus on getting better for the season."

You've made a bunch of visits to UNC. Was there a particular visit that made the most impact on you?

"Not really."

When's the next time you expect to visit UNC?

"I don't know. I'll have to talk to my dad to see what his plans are. I'm going to try to get up there before the end of the summer."

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