Fritts Excited to Compete

When Eric Ebron announced that he would forego his final year of eligibility, it left a large void within North Carolina's offense. One of the players that will compete to replace Ebron's 62 receptions is Brandon Fritts, who officially enrolled in classes at UNC on Wednesday to get a head start on that competition.

"Enrolling early gives me an opportunity to get ahead and participate in spring ball," Fritts said. "I'm excited to get out there."

Initially, Fritts had planned to take his UNC official visit for a late season home game or during an early December weekend. However, he decided to schedule the trip just before his enrollment when Mentor (Ohio) High made an unexpected run to the OHSAA Division I title game, which had Fritts playing into December.

"It was definitely one of the best times of my life," Fritts said. "We weren't expected to make it that far. We were able to surprise a lot of people."

Fritts led Mentor with 12 touchdown receptions. He caught a total of 51 balls for 879 yards as Mentor lost in the championship game to Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller.

"We lost 55-52, so we just came up a little short," Fritts said. "When I look back, I'm satisfied with what we did and there are no regrets with the season that we had."

Many critics pointed towards the graduation of Mitch Trubisky, who enrolled at UNC a year ago before red-shirting this season, when doubting Mentor's playoff prospects. Fritts and Trubisky had been teammates since middle school.

"[Playing without Trubisky] was strange at first," Fritts said. "But we had a new quarterback that came in and did a great job. It's one of those things where we had to get the chemistry going."

Through their experiences together, Fritts and Trubisky were able to develop quite the chemistry at Mentor. Fritts is looking forward to reuniting with his hometown friend at UNC.

"It should be a lot of fun," Fritts said. "We hung out a couple times during the break. But it should be fun to get back on the field with him."

Accompanied by his parents, Fritts arrived in Chapel Hill for his official visit late Saturday night.

"It's been good getting adapted to college life," Fritts said. "I got to move into my dorm, meet some of the other players up there, and really just get adapted to my new environment."

Fritts will share a suite with fellow early enrollees Allen Artis and M.J. Stewart, as well as rising junior Tyler Alberts.

With Trubisky not returning back to Chapel Hill until late Tuesday night, Jordan Fieulleteau, who lives in Raleigh, served as Fritts's player host.

"I knew [Fieulleteau] already, because he's Mitch's roommate as well," Fritts said. "So I've been to his dorm already … so it was fun hanging out with him and being able to ask him questions about the school."

For much of his recruitment, Fritts's communication with UNC has been through assistant coaches Blake Anderson and Walt Bell. Both departed in the weeks leading up to Fritts's enrollment.

"Obviously I was a little disappointed, because they're great guys and great coaches," Fritts said. "I was looking forward to really playing for them, but at the end of the day, I understand things like that are going to happen. I'm happy for them and I'm excited to be a Tar Heel."

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