UNC Lands First 2015 Commitment

North Carolina got an early jump on its 2015 recruiting class on Friday when Ronnie Harrison verbally committed less than a week after visiting the school.

"I just got off the phone with Coach [Larry] Fedora," Harrison said. "I told Coach [Dan] Disch that I was kind of leaning towards it earlier this week, but I haven't told him yet. I committed to Coach Fedora.

"He was really happy about it. He said I made his day… He was really excited about it."

Harrison, a 6-foot-2, 192-pound defensive back from Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida State University School, selected UNC over scholarship offers from East Carolina, Massachusetts, Northern Illinois, South Florida, and Wake Forest. The Tar Heels were the first to offer.

"First off the academics [at UNC] were great," Harrison said. "It has one of the top journalism programs and a good sports medicine school, and I want to major in either one of those.

"And then second, the football there is great. They had a great season last year and they have a coming up program. I think with my commitment, I can come in and help them get over the top.

"And also the coaches and players – I really liked the players. I think I can really fit in well with the players. And the coaches – they have a great coaching staff. Coach Fedora and Coach Disch have been together for a while, so they have good chemistry. So I think they're going to be together for a while.

"And my mom and my brother loved it. It's just the place for me."

Harrison attributes the early nature of his decision to how perfect a fit UNC is for him.

"I think that's the best place for me," Harrison said. "I don't think any other school can offer those things. I didn't really want to be that guy that had 20-something offers and had to decide through all those schools. I wanted to be the guy who figured it out - figure out where I want to go, and go ahead and commit. I don't really like the idea of calling coaches every week."

Despite how early he is making his commitment, Harrison says his commitment is firm and he doesn't plan on visiting anywhere else.

Harrison visited UNC last weekend with his mother and brother. He says that it became apparent to him on the long ride home on Saturday that UNC was the place for him.

"I was just thinking about it in my head and I was going through all the things that I was looking for in a college," Harrison said. "North Carolina had all the things that I needed."

Between last Saturday and this Friday, Harrison allowed the situation to simmer so to not rush into a decision he may later regret.

Harrison arrived in Chapel Hill late Friday night, but the majority of the visit activities, including a campus tour and meetings with coaches and players, took place on Saturday. He ended his stay with a meeting with Fedora.

"He said he didn't want me to rush into my decision," Harrison said. "He said this is a place that really cares about academics [and] they really care about their players futures after football.

"And that's what I want – I want a coach that cares about academics and cares about his players after football. A lot of coaches say it, but he really means it. The whole time we talked, we talked about academics – we didn't really even talk about football. And I loved the talk we had."

Football talk was saved for Harrison's conversation with Disch, who touched on where Harrison fits within UNC's 4-2-5 defense.

"He said I'm very athletic, so he could see me at corner," Harrison said. "Or he could see me at free safety or walk-down safety. That's why they recruited me – they could see me at multiple positions. He said I'm a valuable guy to them. He didn't really talk about a specific spot."

Harrison was promoted to varsity prior to his sophomore season where he became one of the starting cornerbacks – after playing quarterback on his junior varsity and middle school teams. On the season, he totaled six interceptions, 35 tackles, two forced fumbles, and one sack. This season, he'll rotate between cornerback and safety depending on the situation and opponent.

Harrison is looking to return to Chapel Hill sometime this coming football season with an eye on the games against Boston College and/or Duke.

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