Pelc committed to Houston last summer, but softened his commitment and chose to visit North Carolina earlier this month. He then visited Houston this past weekend and made his decision.
"Obviously he thought that [North Carolina] was the best fit for Alan Pelc," said Heath. "I think the size of the student body and academics of the school is what he was really impressed with."
At 6-7, 305 pounds, Pelc has the type of potential at offensive tackle that made the UNC staff prioritize him for one of their final scholarships for the 2006 recruiting class.
"The [UNC coaches] think he has tremendous potential," said Heath.
"They're getting a kid that has a lot in front of him. He's only played one year of varsity football so he has a lot to learn. He has great work ethic. I think in a couple of years they're going to have a special player."
Pelc developed a special connection to the Tar Heel staff and Chapel Hill that led to his decision.
"He likes the opportunity of playing in the ACC," said Heath. "He likes the size of the student population, the academics of the school, and he just felt a connection with the coaches.
"Coach [Hal] Hunter does everything first class. Other coaches should take ‘Recruiting 101' from him."
While there was discussion about greyshirting, Pelc will in fact be a member of next season's incoming freshman class.