Proehl, Spain Glad To Be Tar Heels

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Now that the dust has settled on their verbal commitments, Providence teammates Austin Proehl and Bentley Spain have had time to reflect on their decisions.

"I couldn't be happier about it," Spain said. "I still feel just as good as on the day that I [committed]. I've been really feeling the support from the coaching staff and the fans and the alumni everywhere. I'm starting to feel part of the family – even though I'm not there yet."

"It's exciting," Proehl said. "I couldn't be happier to be a Tar Heel. It's a great tradition. Seeing videos and pictures of them practicing, I just get excited. I'm just more and more excited every day about being there. The alumni and the players that are already there have been giving us love and really appreciate us and that's really a good feeling."

When Spain, a 6-foot-6, 288-pound offensive tackle, verbally committed to UNC on July 19, Proehl, a 5-foot-10, 168-pound wide receiver, didn't even have a scholarship offer yet.

"I was thrilled [when Proehl was offered]," Spain said. "As soon as I found out, I called him and I was trying to talk him into it a little bit. And it might have helped out a little bit.

"It's always good to have a teammate going with you. I couldn't be happier about it."

Just as Proehl was preparing to choose between Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, UNC offered. Having just endured a difficult recruiting process, Spain offered his teammate and close friend last-minute advice.

"He and I had been talking through the whole process for both of us," Spain said. "I just told him why I was going, but I told him it was up to him. I'm glad he made the right decision."

The "right decision" ended up being UNC a few hours after Proehl received the offer.

Proehl has yet to visit Chapel Hill as a Tar Heel and Spain hasn't returned to campus since his surprise commitment visit.

"Bentley and I have been talking about it a bunch," Proehl said. "As soon as we get a break from [Providence], I think him and I might head up there for a practice or even to get up there again to see the coaches…

"I'm eager to get back up there, and sit in a meeting, and sit down with Coach [Gunter] Brewer and go over some stuff."

Regardless, both plan to be regulars at Kenan Stadium on fall Saturdays.

"We're going to as many games as we can," Spain said.

With their recruitments complete, Proehl and Spain can spend this fall as college football fans.

"I'm excited about it," Proehl said. "A lot of people have us [finishing the season] at 8-4. And I think we're going to be better than that. I think with Bryn coming back after having the great year that he did in that offense, I think they're going to have bigger numbers than they did last year. They have big play guys that came in this year as freshmen to add to the big play guys they already had."

"I think the biggest difference is the comfort level with the scheme on both sides of the ball," Spain said.

Both said the communication with the UNC coaching staff has remained the same with their position coach – Brewer for Proehl and Chris Kapilovic for Spain – as their primary contact.

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