"That's my guy," Rozar said. "I talk to him a lot -- we talk on the phone almost every day. We're real close."
Rozar, a 6-foot-3, 184-pound defensive back from Dickson County (Tenn.), is not only from the same area of the Volunteer State as Branch, but the two attended the same middle school.
During earlier conversations, Branch had expressed a desire to attend a college that fit UNC's profile, according to Rozar. Thus, when UNC offered, Rozar knew there existed a strong chance Branch would join Rozar on UNC's commitment list. That belief grew stronger as Branch's UNC official visit approached.
"He told me he was going to do it, but he didn't tell me when he was going to do it," Rozar said.
Therefore, Rozar learned of Branch's commitment switch when he went public with the decision on Sunday. The official visit ended two days prior.
Rozar himself hasn't visited Chapel Hill since June when he committed following Fedora's Freak Show. He doesn't plan on returning until his official visit in January. Considering he's committed, he admits the gap in visits feels a little strange.
During his official visit, which is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 14, Rozar's focus will be academics.
"I want to learn about [UNC's] majors, because I'm not sure what I'm going to major in," Rozar said. "I'm going to talk to the professors and advisers. That's going to be the key."
To compensate for his lack of visits, the UNC staff communicates with Rozar regularly. He hears the most from Charlton Warren, UNC's secondary coach. But, Rozar also speaks with Gene Chizik, UNC's defensive coordinator, and Larry Fedora.
"They just tell me that I have the opportunity to play right away and just keep my confidence that I have now," Rozar said. "If I come in with that confidence and just play, then I can play early and just do me."
Rozar has watched most of UNC's games on television. Most recently, he caught last Thursday's heart-breaking loss to archrival Duke.
"I think they've done pretty well," Rozar said. "But, I think they could do way better than they've been doing."
A year ago if a UNC game was on his TV, Rozar would view it as any other college football fan. However, nowadays he's picturing himself within the defense.
"[The UNC coaches] said they like my length," Rozar said. "They want a long corner on each side; so I feel like I'll fit in easily."
Six-foot-3 cornerbacks are a rarity. But Rozar, who exclusively played cornerback for Dickson County this season, believes he established he can play the position this fall.
"I think I have proved it, but I still have room for improvement," Rozar said. "So when I get [to UNC], I'm still going to have to show that I can do it."
Rozar was willing to play safety for Dickson County, like he had done in prior seasons. But, since he was his team's most reliable defender in coverage moving him from cornerback wasn't feasible.
With a 3-7 record, Dickson County failed to qualify for the playoffs.
"I'm kind of disappointed, because we could have been way better than we were," Rozar said. "Stuff happens and you can't change it."
Rozar finished the season with 32 tackles. He didn't register an interception, but his six receptions in limited receiver reps demonstrated his ball skills.
"On defense, I didn't have many people catch any balls on me," Rozar said. "So I think I had my side locked down."