"I'm real excited to be an official Carolina man right now," Phelps told Inside Carolina on Wednesday. "The environment, the players and the athletic department were the most important factors in my decision.
Phelps, 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, 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.
Phelps is planning on majoring in physical education at Carolina. He is also planning to enroll in summer school prior to the 2004 semester.
"They're getting a special player," Coach Ryles said. "He's dedicated, has a great work ethic, and I think he will be very positive for the community as well as the football program. It should be really exciting, because he is really exciting."