Miami Commit James Pierre Flips to UNC

Fla. safety James Pierre has switched his commitment from Miami to North Carolina.

For the second straight week, UNC has flipped a commitment.

James Pierre switched his commitment from Miami to UNC on Tuesday, he confirmed to Inside Carolina.

The 6-2 safety from Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High camped in Chapel Hill in June.

"It's a better place for me and my family," Pierre told Scout. "I trained and camped at the University of North Carolina over the summer, and I liked the coaches and defense they run."

"They told me a lot of things about the program, and I think I could go there, hit the field, and play hard. (Running backs) coach (Larry) Porter is like a father to me."

He chose Miami back in May over offers from Wisconsin, Syracuse, West Virginia, and Cincinnati and Bowling Green.

"I first laid eyes on Pierre earlier this year when he strapped on the cleats for the Florida Fire 7-on-7 tryouts in Miami," said Scout Florida expert Corey Bender. "Pierre, a big-time competitor with prototypical measurables, was always quick to jump in line and compete with some of the premier wide receivers. Pierre plays with a chip on his shoulder and has impressive ball skills in the back end of the defense. Confidence will never be an issue with this Broward County native."

Pierre is the 19th member of UNC's 2016 Recruiting Class and the second safety.

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