'The decision was pretty easy'

Daniel Phelps, a speedy cornerback from Booker HS in Sarasota, Fla. who runs a 4.39 40-time, was perhaps the first of North Carolina's commitments over their big recruiting weekend.

"I told Coach Bunting Saturday morning that I wanted to commit," said Phelps, who stands 5-11 and 181 pounds. "I think I was maybe the first commitment that they had. Coach Bunting, he just smiled and gave me a big hug."

Phelps is planning on majoring in physical education at Carolina. He is also planning to enroll in summer school prior to the 2004 semester.

"I knew Donnell Livingston from playing against him in high school down here in Florida," he said. "He told me about the bridge program and all of the academic support and tools that they offer at North Carolina."

So why did Phelps choose North Carolina?

"The coaches at North Carolina have done a great job recruiting me," he said. "I think the football program is in good hands and I can tell the coaching staff has the program headed in the right direction.

"Then I visited the campus and had a chance to hang around with the players. I thought I would commit even before I got (to Chapel Hill). After being there for a day the decision was pretty easy."

Phelps also participates in track, running the 100m, 4x100m, and the triple jump. He chose Carolina over offers from Tennessee, Louisville, Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State, and Central Florida.

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