UNC gets another QB commitment

The Tar Heels have picked up their second quarterback commitment within a week, <i>Inside Carolina</i> has learned.

Joey Bozich, a 6-3, 215-pound signal caller from Hinsdale (Ill.) Central, committed on Saturday, he said.

Bozich said he and his father Joseph visited Chapel Hill and went out to dinner with UNC coach John Bunting, offensive coordinator Gary Tranquill and strength coach Jeff Connors Wednesday night. After a long conversation, they all went back to the Kenan Football Center where they talked some more. At that point, the coaches offered Bozich a football scholarship.

"The next day, my dad and I got the whole tour of the facilities," Bozich said. "I really enjoyed the visit a lot."

Then, Bozich and his father got to talking. And upon returning home, a decision was made.

"They were the first one to offer," Bozich said. "And, we just combined the whole package -- the football program, the education and the social life -- and they just came out on top. I felt there was no need to wait to see who else would offer. It didn't matter, because whoever offered, I was going to choose North Carolina. I knew that was where I wanted to go play."

After two years behind a school record-setter, Bozich took the field his senior year, totaling 1,813 yards (55 percent completions) and 19 touchdowns. He also had 669 yards and 10 TDs rushing, leading the team to a 10-2 record.

However, by the time he had this big season, programs across the country had already received commitments from quarterbacks. Schools including UCLA, Texas, Colorado, Baylor and Northwestern showed early interest.

So Bozich was getting ready to attend prep school at Bridgton in Maine, but now he said he expects to be in UNC camp this fall. He said Bunting wants him to get him in camp as soon as possible, especially since 2004 quarterback commitment Michael Rozier has opted to play professional baseball.

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