In a true chain reaction, Patrice Rene became a Tar Heel commitment.
Rene officially visited North Carolina over the weekend, Charlton Warren visited Rene’s parents in Ottawa on Monday, Rene withdrew his Rutgers commitment on Tuesday morning, and now he has pledged to the Tar Heels.
Rene, a 6-foot-1, 193-pound cornerback from Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal, foreshadowed the switch from Rutgers to UNC during a post visit interview.
“Right now, [I’m favoring] Carolina because it’s the freshest visit,” Rene told IC on Sunday. “But, I really connected there. I can definitely say it was a special time. It cleared up a lot of questions that I had. I’m currently leaning towards Carolina right now.”
Rene, who verbally committed to Rutgers in August, also took official visits to Boston College and Wisconsin.
UNC projects Rene, who is ranked the No. 30 safety in the nation by Scout.com, to play cornerback within its 4-3 defensive scheme.
The commitment gives UNC 25 for the 2016 class. And it’s the second that has resulted from this past weekend’s mega official visit event. The other being D.J. Ford, who also happens to be another Warren recruit projected to play in his secondary.