Harrison's Pledge Getting Stronger

Ronnie Harrison made his first visit to North Carolina on Saturday since the 2015 athlete verbally committed to the school back in July.

"It just makes me loves Carolina more," Harrison said. "It just makes me want to stay with my commitment more.

"When I've watched games on TV, I wasn't so sure how the fan base was. But when I went up there, I saw all the fans pack the stadium like that and how passionate they are about my team and how loud they cheer – I really liked that part a lot."

Harrison, a 6-foot-2, 192-pounder from Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida State University School, considers his commitment "firm," but says he plans to continue to visit other schools. He doesn't have any definite plans, but is looking to visit Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.

Harrison arrived in Chapel Hill on Saturday morning and reached the field at Kenan Stadium just as the team ended pregame warm-ups.

As UNC assistant Dan Disch was making his way back into the tunnel, he made a brief pit stop to give Harrison a big bear hug.

"That's my boy," Harrison said. "We talk three times a week. So we're very close and we have a special relationship. It was great, it was fun meeting him right there on the field and getting to talk to him real quick before the game. He was just asking how the trip up was. He was glad that I made it, because it was going to be a great game."

Disch's hunch about the game was correct. The contest's outcome wasn't decided until UNC's final possession as the Tar Heels lost 27-25.

"I think they did well, but they didn't finish the game," Harrison said. "A couple of plays at the end, they could have had to finish the game. I like the atmosphere. I like the way they come out of the tunnel with all the smoke – I love that."

While watching the game, Harrison met several 2014 recruits who are committed to UNC, namely Ayden Bonilla and Avery Edwards.

"They were just asking what school I go to and what position I'm going to play and what year I am," Harrison said.

"North Carolina recruits not just great athletes, but great people. So I definitely thought I'd fit in with them, because I'm a good person. They're good hearted people and they're smart kids. They're not bad kids – they know what's right and what's wrong. I think I'd fit in great with them."

Due to his late arrival, Harrison was unable to have his pregame meeting with Larry Fedora. But after the game, Harrison did meet at length with Disch.

"He talked to me about the game," Harrison said. "He said that's why they needed me to come here. He said they needed guys like me to come in and help change the program around. He said we're not really far off from being good. He said we're going to get there the next couple of years."

Harrison stars at quarterback for Florida High, but also plays defensive back. UNC is recruiting him as a safety, but hasn't specified at which safety spot he'd play within UNC's 4-2-5 defensive scheme.

"I think I'd fit into [the defense] perfectly, because I'm long and I can cover well in space," Harrison said. "I think I could play any one of the safety positions – I could play Ram, I could play free."

After leaving campus, Harrison ventured over to Franklin Street to grab a meal with Jonathan Pollack, a '16 prospect who is also from Florida, at Spanky's.

"He's currently committed to Mississippi State, but he was talking to me about possibly de-committing, because he doesn't really get in contact with the coaches [at MSU] like he does at Coach Disch. Him and I were just talking about the coaches and how great of guys they are. We talked about how he could fit into the secondary with me, if he decided to play safety instead of outside linebacker. And we just talked about opportunities that we both could have at North Carolina. We both share the same interest in major – we both want to do sports medicine. We have a lot in common. I was just trying to get him to be a Tar Heel. I think he will soon, so I'm going to stay on him."

While on Franklin Street, Harrison received a look at the social side of UNC.

"I love Franklin Street," Harrison said. "I think it's great that they have everything right there right next to the campus. They have a lot of variety to choose from. So you don't have to go far. I saw a couple little hang out spots that I definitely want to try when I get up there."

Harrison plans to return to UNC in February when the basketball team hosts Duke.

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