Daly: 'I Love The Program'

A week after officially visiting the school, Corbin Daly returned to North Carolina unofficially with his mother. Before concluding his stay, the All-American punter decided to become a Tar Heel

Daly, a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder from Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell, has accepted a preferred walk-on spot at UNC.

He averaged 48 yards on 49 punts as a senior. Of those 49, he dropped 11 inside the 10-yard line and 23 inside the 20. He was named to the 2013 Associated Press All-State team.

Daly committed to Texas last summer, but decommitted in the fall.

What took place between your UNC official visit and Saturday?

"I got my mom on campus. She just really wanted to talk to Coach [Larry] Fedora. That was honestly the deal sealer right there."

What did you and your mother actually do during Saturday's visit?

"It was a lot of the same stuff that we did during the official – we walked around the Kenan Football Center, we talked to the academic advisers for the football team, and then we talked to Coach Fedora. And my mom just got to see everything that we did last weekend."

What were some of the points your mother wanted to hit on during the meeting with Fedora?

"She was most intrigued by the academics there. She knows that UNC is one of the top five schools in the country, but she wanted to make sure that was how they thought of football, as well. She wanted to make sure football actually cared about academics, which they do."

When did you actually make the decision to commit?

"I made the decision to commit last week, but I told Coach Fedora in his office [on Saturday]."

What did you say and what was Fedora's reaction?

"I told him I just wanted to be a Tar Heel. I love the program and I can't wait to play for him.

"He was really excited. He was jumping up and down."

How does it feel to make this decision?

"I feel awesome. I can't wait to go there and work out and play. There's a combination of relief and excited. I'm relaxed now that I don't have to worry about it anymore now. And I'm excited about the years to come."

Did Fedora give you more clarity into the situation regarding a possible scholarship offer?

"I'm coming in as a preferred walk-on. When I come in [as a freshman this fall], I'll have to red-shirt, because of the scholarship issue. And since they recruited me, they can't play me because they don't have a scholarship because of an NCAA rule. He just told me it'll be a red-shirt my freshman year and then I'll have the starting job the next four years after that on scholarship."

You mentioned on Sunday that Fedora said he'd be coaching the punters. Does that remain the case?

"As far as I know, that's still the case."

Kyle Murphy, your friend and long snapper at Ardrey Kell, has also accepted a preferred walk-on spot. UNC has also offered Mason Veal, a '15 offensive lineman. Have you been or do you plan to recruit Veal?

"I've told him that UNC is a great school. For him, I know for a fact, it's between UNC and Clemson. So he definitely has them up there in his top choices."

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