After a three-day visit to Chapel Hill last week, Traivon Leonard pledged to the Tar Heels on Monday.
"Basically, I flipped my commitment," Leonard said.
The 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback from West Palm Beach (Fla.) Oxbridge Academy had previously committed to Florida Atlantic. But his stock has been on the rise of late, picking up offers from Auburn, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, UCF, Tennessee, and Wake Forest.
“The school was beautiful and I haven’t even seen all of it – that was only like 40-percent of the school," Leonard said. "I fell in love as soon as I got there. We didn’t even see the athletic side of it and I fell in love completely. The weather was great, too.”
After working one-on-one with - and earning praise from - defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, Leonard met with Chizik, head coach Larry Fedora, and primary recruiter Larry Porter.
“The big thing was: family, family, family,” Leonard said. “That’s all they preached. They were telling me, ‘When you get here, it’s like a family.’ I felt it – I was comfortable. I really didn’t want to go home."
Leonard had three interceptions and 33 tackles last season for the 9-3 Thunderwolves.