UNC Football Class of 2016 Signee: DB Patrice Rene

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at the Tar Heel signee.

BIO: Named first-team VISAA Division I all-state as a senior at Episcopal • Also played wide receiver • Team MVP and captain • Originally from Ottawa, Canada • Earned second-team All-Met honors from the Washington Post as a senior and was a 2014 CBSSports All-America selection

LEAD UNC RECRUITER: Charlton Warren

RECRUITMENT: Rene committed to Rutgers over Ohio State in early August. Despite the pledge, his recruitment was far from over. Even before Kyle Flood was fired as the Rutgers head coach, Rene was planning to take official visits elsewhere with UNC among the likely stops. Before the Winter Dead Period, he officially visited Boston College and Wisconsin. Immediately after the Dead Period, he took an official trip to UNC. Two days later, he switched his commitment to the Tar Heels and canceled a trip to Rutgers.

WHY CAROLINA: “Truthfully, it’s really hard to explain. It was just when I was on campus I could just feel it. And then being around Coach [Gene] Chizik and Coach Fedora, Coach ‘J.P.’ [John Papuchis], [and] Coach Warren it really felt natural to me. Spending time with the recruits that were there that were already committed [and] the guys that were already on the team, I felt they were my brothers and I knew them for a while. I just knew it was the right fit. I fell in love with the school, the campus, the student body was great, and at my school we have a lot of North Carolina alums. Coach Chizik and Coach Warren have plans for me to make an early impact.”

EVALUATION: Rene is a cover-two cornerback who clings to receivers in man coverage and is alert in zones. He uses his length and anticipatory skills to regularly deflect passes incomplete. He is efficient transitioning on his plant and driving with no wasted motion. In run support, he’s a willing contributor who quickly reads and reacts, and takes down ball carriers in one-on-one situations.

HS COACH QUOTES: “North Carolina is getting a first-rate student-athlete in Patrice Rene. The Chapel Hill community is also gaining a great person. He is bright, hardworking, and driven both in the classroom and on the field. Patrice has stood out as a leader since he arrived to Episcopal High School. He is certainly talented but it is also his maturity and focus that has led to this opportunity at UNC. Patrice has the potential to be a top-level ACC defensive back in the next four years. He has the physical ability and the intelligence to compete at the highest level. Patrice's contributions to UNC will go far beyond the football field. I am excited to see what he accomplishes in the future.” — Panos Voulgaris, Episcopal HS

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: Rene essentially committed, but wanted to talk things over with his parents before making the move. Wasting no time, Warren grabbed his passport and hopped a plane bound for Ottawa… Read the full subscriber-only report


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