Proehl: 'I'm All In'

After Austin Proehl called Larry Fedora on Sunday evening to inform him of his decision to commit to the Tar Heels, the Charlotte (N.C.) Providence wide receiver spoke with ...

What took place between when you received the offer and when you decided to commit?

"In talking to Coach [Gunter] Brewer this past week, I really just sat back and went through the schools that I had offers from, which I'm blessed to have. Carolina just really felt like it was for me. My ultimate goal wherever I go was to win a championship and to be able to fit into their offense and be able to thrive. And I feel like me going to Carolina does that. Everybody at Carolina - from the fans to the coaching staff to the recruits to the players that are already there - they all want to win a championship. It's a big deal. I'm excited about it. I can't wait to go there and be on the road to win a championship."

How did you make the commitment?

"First, I called Coach Brewer and I told him that I talked to the schools that were recruiting me and I let them know and I proceeded to tell him that I was a Tar Heel. He gave me Coach [Larry] Fedora's number so I could call Coach Fedora. I called Coach Fedora and I let him know also."

What was their reaction?

"I could tell that they were pretty excited about it. I think they really were worried about not having a spot for me. And then being about to come up with a spot made them happy. I think they know what I'm able to bring to the table.

"I can't wait to play for them. And I think they're ready to coach me."

Did you call any of the committed guys?

"I talked to Bentley [Spain] before [I committed] and told him there was a chance [I could commit]. Him and I had been talking about it for a while ever since the Freak Show.

"I think it's good to have a teammate of mine from my high school going to the same school together. Plus, we're really close. We have that bond already. And we're both all in to win a championship."

What was it ultimately about UNC that sold you?

"I think that's where my heart was telling me to go. They were one of the first schools to recruit me.

"They told me if I grew they way the thought I would grow, that I could potentially be a Tar Heel and that was in my sophomore year of high school. And that meant a lot to me."

What role did Brewer play in your decision?

"He just showed through this whole process that he believed in me and that he wanted me from day one. He talked to me throughout the process and always would push me to get better along with my dad. I could just tell that he wanted me and that he wanted to be a part of my journey to my ultimate goal, which is the NFL. And I feel like he's the best person to get me there."

Speaking of your dad, what role did he play, since he has gone through the process himself and is still a part of the game?

"He had a huge impact on me. Me and my dad's relationship is very, very tight. He's all in with me.

"My dad actually knew I had the offer before I did. I talked to him tonight before I left training camp and we talked for about 45 minutes about it. He told me from day one that ‘You'll know, because that school is where you feel like you need to be at.' And that's what I feel like with Carolina."

How does it feel to make this commitment?

"It's hard to say because I'm just so excited. It shows that hard work pays off. I've been working hard ever since I was a little kid. I've dreamed of this day. It's every little kid's dream to play big D1 football. Now I'm living the dream. To play for a school like Carolina is a dream come true."

How firm is this commitment?

"I'm all in."

When is the next time you anticipate visiting UNC?

"I'll probably get up there for a practice. Bentley and I were talking about that. And then I'll go up there for some games."

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