"I'm just happy to be a Tar Heel," the 6-3, 275-pound offensive lineman from Auburn (Ala.) told Inside Carolina.
He chose UNC over more than 20 other offers, including Clemson, Cincinnati, Florida, Mississippi State, Missouri, and South Carolina.
The commitment was made despite the lack of a Chapel Hill visit. The absence of a visit was not for a lack of trying. Several attempts to travel to UNC fell through for various reasons.
Although Pritchett started at left tackle for Auburn High last season, Chris Kapilovic, who primarily handled the recruitment, plans to move Pritchett inside and play him at either guard or center.
Inside Carolina traveled to the Atlanta Nike Opening Regional to evaluate Pritchett, and he proved to be exactly the type of interior lineman UNC is looking for – long arms, quick feet, and the ability to snap, with a frame that can easily support added weight.
“Coach Kap and Coach Fedora do a really good job of showing that they’re really interested and they really want me up there," he told Inside Carolina at the event. "I talk to both of them a lot and they’re both great people – I know that – outside of football."
Pritchett is the second offensive lineman Kapilovic has landed from Auburn High. In the 2012 class, Kapilovic plucked Caleb Peterson, who has started at left guard since his red-shirt freshman season, out of the same school.
Pritchett is the fourth UNC commitment for the 2016 class and first offensive lineman.
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