Garrett Walston will continue his football career in state after all. The four-star tight end switched his commitment to UNC from Georgia on Thursday, according to Inside Carolina sources.
Walston, a 6-foot-4 standout from Wilmington (N.C.) New Hanover ranked the No. 15 tight end in the nation by Scout.com, originally selected Georgia on June 30 over in-state programs UNC and NC State.
In December, Walston, who signed an Athletic Scholarship Agreement with UNC on Thursday, will graduate from New Hanover High. He’ll then enroll at UNC in January.
For 4-2 New Hanover, Walston has made 31 catches for 485 yards and three touchdowns. His junior season totals were 44 catches for 847 yards with 10 touchdowns.
“He’s probably the most versatile player I’ve ever coached,” New Hanover offensive coordinator Darryl Raynor said. “We play him in about four or five different positions… He’s a really good blocker for us. He’s a strong kid [and] very quick, so we just try to move him around. He has great hands.”
Walston is UNC’s fourth in-state pledge and 18th overall. He joins fellow North Carolinians Jordon Brown, Jonathan Smith, and Chazz Surratt on the Tar Heels’ commitment list. All four will also be teammates for this year’s Shrine Bowl.