COMMITMENT Q&A with ALLEN CATER
In your mind, when did you make your final decision?
“With that (official visit) being my first time seeing North Carolina, the guys really impressed me. They pretty much just let me see what it was like to be a Tar Heel for 48 hours and once I was able to be on campus, to be with the team, to be with the guys that are already committed, their parents, the coaches and to see how they go about things I said, ‘that’s what I want to do.’"
So I got in the car and I was like, ‘Dad, there’s no point in taking another visit. I already know where I want to go.’”
Have the coaches talked to you about what they see you doing and your role?
"Coach (Tray) Scott, the first thing he said to me was ‘you know we play Georgia the first game of the season in the Dome and I need two defensive ends from Georgia to be playing in that game so I need you to come on with us.’ So I definitely can’t wait for that game."
How do you think your game fits in at UNC?
"The way their defense runs, I’ve been wanting to do a lot of that stuff since I was in high school but I wasn’t able to put it in. I love playing the strong side D-end, I’ll be playing their power end. Every now and then I may go play the speed end just depending on what defense we’ll be in. Other than that, though, I’m just ready to go to work."
Where do you expect to make the quickest impact?
"Hopefully tonight (laughs). I want to play tonight. The thing for me is that I’ve really never not played so I don’t know how that feels so my mindset is to go in and work as hard as I can and if I beat out the guy that’s in front of me then, yes, I’m happy I did what I set out to do. If not - which I’m not really thinking about - then I just have a whole year to prepare."
For somebody who has never seen you play, give us a scouting report of your playing style. If you’re watching film of yourself, what’s that guy on the field like?
"Mean. Definitely aware of the game. Quick off the ball. Physical. Has a tremendous love for the game. All around beast."
What are you looking forward to most about being a Tar Heel?
"Getting the win against Georgia the first game of the season. I got a chip on my shoulder. Georgia recruited me but I never got an offer but more so it’s my home state and I’ve got something to prove. I’ve always had something to prove since I was younger. I’ve always been underrated. I’ve always had to work for everything I’ve had so it’s time to show everybody what I’ve got."
Did last season's record at North Carolina impact your decision?
"Oh yeah. I think it impacted me because it helped me to be able to trust the coaches, especially Coach (Gene) Chizik because that’s an impact when you can come in and change the defense in a short time span. And then, going to the ACC Championship, which we will win next year."
Thoughts on being recruited by, and now playing for, Larry Fedora?
"Coach Fedora is an awesome guy. When we were in his office that Sunday after my official he told me after my official that he wanted to pressure me so bad, but he just knew in his heart that I was going to come and he was right."