What led you to ultimately switch your commitment to UNC?
“UNC offered a great academic school, along with great football opportunities. And I felt at home when I visited. Chapel Hill is a beautiful place – it’s a hard school not to fall in love with.”
Seth Littrell headed your recruitment. What was his impact on your decision to commit?
“Coach Littrell definitely had a big impact on my recruitment. He has coached a lot of top tight ends the past few years. He’s been great with me throughout this process. He not only coaches the tight ends, but the entire offense and his goals were similar to mine. I’m excited to be coached by him.”
What sort of impact did this past weekend’s official visit play in your decision?
“It definitely had a big impact. I took an unofficial [visit] to UNC earlier in the year and I definitely liked the area. Obviously the group of guys I felt a connection with when I was visiting. The current players I definitely bonded with. The other recruits, I really felt that I could see myself becoming really close with and I’m excited to be teammates with a lot of them.
“And the whole vibe at Chapel Hill – I really just enjoyed it while I was there and thought it was a great place for me. And I’m excited about it.”
Who was your player host and what did he share with you?
“My player host was Brandon Fritts. He kind of just talked to me about what North Carolina football was all about. He kind of gave me a description of what it’s going to be like when I’m there. We bonded and he definitely made me feel at home. And he made me feel like it’s going to be a great next couple of years and a lot of great things are going to come out of the program.”
In a nutshell, what did you do during your UNC official visit?
“During the weekend, we spent a lot of time with current players and recruits and commits just to see what it would be like to be a UNC Tar Heel.”
What was Larry Fedora's pitch during your official visit-ending meeting with him?
“His message to me was to do what was best for me and my family at the end of the day. Obviously, he was pushing me towards North Carolina.
“I felt although I was committed to Wake Forest, at the end of the day I wanted to do what was best for me. Even though [Wake Forest] is a great school, I just felt that UNC fit my overall game better. [UNC] just fit me better in general – I really just felt it was a really good spot for me at the end of the day.
“[Fedora] was really supportive of me no matter what I was going to do. He was really great.”
How does UNC plan to use you within its offense?
“What Coach Fedora and Coach Littrell have emphasized on me is that I’m going to be doing a lot of what Eric Ebron was doing – a hybrid tight end.
“Obviously, I feel like I have a lot of work to do to fill in that big of a role. But I think it’s definitely possible and I look forward to it.
“I think it was really interesting that he also mentioned how they use different types of tight ends. Obviously they use the ‘Y’ tight end and the ‘H’ tight end. So, we’re going to have a good variety of tight ends on the roster next year.”
Which tight end role do they see you fitting into?
“I’m pretty sure Carl Tucker is an ‘H’ and I’m kind of a hybrid of an ‘H’ and a ‘Y’ and Fritts is more of a ‘Y’ guy. That’s kind of the vibe that I got, but I’m not 100-percent sure. We’re going to have to wait and see how I’m going to develop and how the other players are going to develop.”
You didn’t technically de-commit from Wake Forest until Sunday night and you didn’t commit to UNC until Monday night, but when in your mind did you begin leaning towards UNC?
“I definitely was leaning towards North Carolina a few weeks back. Obviously, a lot of people were pulling me towards different directions, but I really felt like I wanted to do what was best for me. After visiting earlier in the year and after obviously taking my official visit it kind of sealed t for me.”
Were you still being recruited by schools besides UNC and Wake Forest?
“I definitely was hearing from other schools. But I pretty much shut down my recruiting because I wanted to do the right thing and not lead anyone on. At the end of the day, I kind of narrowed it down to Wake Forest and North Carolina. The other schools that were recruiting me, I just kind of told them a few weeks back that it was going to be between those two. I cut everyone else off so that I could do the right thing and allow them to find another player if that’s what they needed to do.”
Did you take an official to Wake Forest?
“I canceled my trip to Wake Forest. It was scheduled for this upcoming weekend. I felt like I took two unofficial there, so I knew what Wake Forest was about.”
How difficult was it to make the de-commitment call to Wake Forest?
“It’s definitely no easy phone call to make, obviously after building such an amazing relationship with that coaching staff. That staff had been so great to me throughout the whole process. They’re a really great group of guys and I think they have a ton of potential in the future.”
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