HAMPTON, Va. --- North Carolina will sign its first Tidewater area recruit since the 2011 class. During a National Signing Day ceremony at Hampton High on Wednesday morning, Dazz Newsome signed a National Letter of Intent with UNC.
Newsome, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback, selected the Tar Heels over fellow finalists Maryland and Virginia Tech.
Beginning in October, Newsome spent three months on Maryland's commitment list. His tenure ended when he withdrew his commitment while officially visiting UNC.
Newsome, who officially visited Maryland in December as a commitment to the school, was supposed to take an official trip to Virginia Tech -- where his father played and his brother, Deon, is a junior safety -- the weekend after returning from Chapel Hill. However, he eventually canceled the trip and warded off attempts to reschedule.
Newsome's UNC official visit was his third trip to Chapel Hill. Prior to that, he attended a game and a camp.
As a senior for a 12-2 squad, Newsome intercepted two passes and deflected eight others.
UNC's 2017 recruiting class grows to 21 members with Newsome's pledge.
Khari Thompson contributed to this report.