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Heels Land Four-Star WR Tyler Smith

Prior to kickoff of UNC's rivalry game against Duke on Saturday, junior wide receiver Tyler Smith committed to Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels.

Tyler Smith didn't even wait to see the game.

The four-star wide receiver from 2017 Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern walked into Larry Fedora's office on Saturday morning and gave the Tar Heel head coach his commitment. 

Smith, who visited Chapel Hill over the summer and formed a bond with Tar Heel wide receiver coach Gunter Brewer, chose UNC over offers from finalists Auburn and Georgia, as well as many others. He is ranked in the Scout 300 for the class of 2017.

After posting 48 receptions for 936 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore for McEachern, an ACL injury suffered in the second game of 2015 ended his junior season prematurely.

Smith is the second UNC commitment in the 2017 class, joining four-star offensive lineman Jonah Melton.

Scout.com's Chad Simmons provided the following evaluation of the 5-10 playmaker: "Smith is more of a slot than a true wide receiver. Can also be used out of the backfield. Very elusive with the ball in his hands. Quick twitch athlete with top-end speed. Not big in height, but still football tough. Real weapon on short passes, jet sweeps, and as a return man. Dynamic player who is tough to tackle in the open field."


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