"I just didn't feel as comfortable there as I did at North Carolina. I really liked my North Carolina visit.
"So when I got home after my trip, Carolina coach Brad Lawing called me and I committed to him. He was really excited."
Distance was the most significant and deciding factor, Hardesty said. He reiterated he was "absolutely sure" this would be his final decision. Hardesty also said he was relieved it was over.
"I wanted to be closer to my family," he said.
According to his mother, Hardesty actually told Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer on Sunday that he was going to North Carolina, but when the Vols made the obligatory last ditch plea, Hardesty decided to sleep on his decision before going public with it. Apparently however, he had already made his intentions known to his high school coach Chip Williams before he went to bed. (See: Heels Lead For Hardesty)
Hardesty, who has already qualified academically according to Williams, said he plans to enroll at UNC this summer.
Mark Ellington and Allen Wallace contributed to this report.