Yates: 'It Feels Great'

North Carolina 2006 signee T.J. Yates missed being the first commitment to fax in his national Letter of Intent by seconds, but that didn't curb his enthusiasm on Signing Day one bit.

"Oh, darn!" laughed John Yates when he heard his son's fax was not the first received in the UNC football office. "I'm thrilled. It's a dream come true, no doubt about it."

Yates said he arrived at Marietta's Pope High School at 6:30 a.m. and sent his fax at 7:01 a.m. However, he was nosed out for the early bird award by Zackery Handerson.

Nevertheless, Yates is happy to finally be a Tar Heel.

"It feels good," he said. "It feels great actually."

Yates, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound quarterback, said he has been concentrating on basketball lately as his team gets ready for next week's state playoffs. But today is about football. And after he signed and faxed his LOI, he then was scheduled to participate in a Signing Day ceremony at his school library later in the day.

As a senior on the gridiron, Yates completed 160-of-289 passes for 2,305 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also rushed for 292 yards and seven scores.

"He's got all the tools and all of the intangibles you look for in a quarterback," Pope coach Bob Swank said.

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