Tinsley: 'I knew I wanted to go there'

It was a match made in Blue Heaven. The Tar Heels coaching staff is in need of running backs for their 2005 recruiting class and Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley back Kennedy Tinsley was looking for the opportunity to play for his childhood favorite.

After the North Carolina coaching staff extended an offer to the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, Tinsley joined Robbins (N.C.) North Moore defensive tackle Cameron Thomas on the Tar Heels commitment list.

"I got [an offer from the Tar Heels] last Tuesday," stated Tinsley. "I've been a [North] Carolina fan all my life basically, so I knew I wanted to go there, but I wasn't sure if it had my major and that it was a good fit. It turned out that they had the major that I wanted to have, its close by and a perfect fit so I just went ahead and committed.

"Me being a fan and the location were main factors, but I the feeling that the program is about to turn around [and that] was important also. One thing that told me [that the program is moving in the right direction] is that the recruiting coach for this area, Coach [Marvin] Sanders, even though the program was in danger he came there anyway from Nebraska so that told me that they are serious and they are looking to get it done."

Although Tinsley will get first looks at running back, the coaching staff saw the added benefits Tinsley presents with the ability to play quite a few positions at the next level.

"Really, they told me they are going to give me a shot at running back," stated Tinsley. "But they told me that they are going to look at me at fullback and I can play a little linebacker, too. So really I'm one of those guys were they are going to see when I get there where they will play me."

Last season, Tinsley compiled 472 yards and three touchdowns on the ground on 79 attempts. This was accomplished in spot duty working behind Florida State signee and four-star running back Jamaal Edwards.

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