UNC Football Class of 2016 Signee: OL Tyler Pritchett

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

BIO: Named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 7A All-State first team as a senior • Earned a spot in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game • Named one of the Opelika-Auburn News Super 8 seniors • PrepStar All-Southeast Region • Led an Auburn offensive line that blocked for 2,681 rushing yards in 2015


RECRUITMENT: Sight unseen, Pritchett committed to UNC in mid-April. After two attempts to visit Chapel Hill failed, Pritchett, who privately developed an affinity for UNC through his research and depictions from high school coaches and teammates, felt a Tar Heel offer was an opportunity he couldn’t let slip by. Two months before committing, he unveiled a top five consisting of Indiana, Louisville, Missouri, South Carolina, and of course UNC. A month after making pledge, he made his long awaited UNC trip.

WHY CAROLINA: "I think that they’ve been the most honest team with me throughout my whole recruitment. I just felt like you can’t pass up an opportunity like that when somebody wants you that bad, has the quality of education that they have, and the situation that I’ll be walking into. I have people down here at Auburn and Birmingham, where I’m originally from, that have told me ‘Hey, North Carolina is a really good school. You’ll love it there.’ It really didn’t register until I went ahead and researched some things myself in terms of academics and things like that. They have my major and they actually have a pretty darn good rank for my major, which is early childhood education. I want to teach younger kids.”

EVALUATION: Although he starred at left tackle, Pritchett’s 6-foot-3, 295-pound frame will move him inside to guard on the collegiate level. Inside, he’ll excel equally at run blocking and pass pro. Since his arms are longer than his height may suggest, he’ll bring good length to the interior. He has good pop and power in his hands, and always attempts to finish his blocks. He works to the second level and can fit on linebackers.

HS COACH QUOTES: “He’s a hard-working, dedicated young man with a ton of upside and potential for a lot of great things at North Carolina. He’s definitely going to play offensive guard at the next level. His athleticism is phenomenal, he has great arm length and the sky is the limit for him. They made the best impact on him, more than other schools and they showed him the most love and developed a really strong relationship that lasted.” — Vaughn Maciena, Auburn HS

UNC OC/OL COACH CHRIS KAPILOVIC: "When Tyler transferred in to Auburn, their coaches called me right away and said 'hey we've got one here you really need to take a look at.' So I went down there, watched him practice, felt really good about him and was able to offer him - was able to get him to commit, was able to hold off all those SEC schools."

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: UNC – Chris Kapilovic in particular – walked into the heart of SEC Country to swipe Pritchett … Read the full subscriber-only report

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