Jolly endured a long process before receiving his scholarship offer from the Heels. He spent the spring sending out tapes and the summer showcasing his talents in camps – including UNC's. Jolly kept in contact with the North Carolina coaching staff, while also unofficially visiting the campus several times.
"Last week sometime they offered me," stated Jolly. "They were just waiting to see my senior film before they offered. They said they saw me just move my feet and starting to just mash people on my film."
Jolly made his first visit to Chapel Hill as a Tar Heel this past weekend for his official visit. He, and his parents, enjoyed themselves, but said they just wished the outcome was different.
"We had a great time," remarked Jolly. "Loved the game, hated the ending."
Jolly, a true jumbo athlete, could translate to quite a few different positions on the field at the next level. However, the Tar Heels coaching staff plans to use his 6-foot-6, 252-pound frame along with his power, agility and footwork at the offensive tackle position.
On the high school level, Jolly mans the tight end and defensive tackle positions for Blessed Sacrament High School. Jolly's 13 catches for 150 yards and five touchdowns on offense, and 55 tackles (26 solo) on defense has helped Blessed Sacrament record an 8-2.