Marlon Dunlap verbally committed to North Carolina on Sunday night, he confirmed to Inside Carolina.
Dunlap, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive tackle from West Charlotte (N.C.), informed three members of the UNC coaching staff. He called his area recruiter Gunter Brewer, his position recruiter Tray Scott and head coach Larry Fedora.
"I told him, ‘Coach, I just talked to my family and I’m ready to go ahead and lock it up. I’m ready to do it, Coach,’" Dunlap said.
He made the pledge a day after his most recent visit to UNC, where he saw the Tar Heels improved to 6-1 with a win over Virginia.
Besides North Carolina, Dunlap also picked up scholarship offers from East Carolina, Louisville, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
“Marlon is a relentless player – aggressive,” said West Charlotte head coach Andrew Jordan. “He has the ability to put pressure on the quarterback and stop the run. He commands a double-team just about every pass play on the high school level – he’s hard to block one-on-one.
"He’s probably going to play three-technique on the collegiate level, but he has the feet and agility to play end or even standup a little bit as an outside linebacker.
Dunlap is UNC’s 20th verbal commitment for the 2016 class and fifth from the Tar Heel state.