UNC the 'Best Situation' for Handerson

Zackery Handerson's signature dotted the first letter of intent to roll across the UNC football office's fax machine this morning for the 2006 recruiting class.

"The reason that I decided on North Carolina is the incredible balance between the academic and athletic programs," Handerson said. "It was probably the best situation for me."

The 6-foot-7 260-pounder was a highly recruited offensive lineman, with scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Clemson. He was a fixture at left tackle for Jacksonville (Fla.) Bartram Trail High School. With a triple-option offense, Handerson was required to do more than just protect the quarterback. He was also responsible for blocking on wide receiver screens and downfield blocking associated with the option playbook.

Scout.com has rated Handerson as the No. 70 prospect in Florida, and as the No. 12 offensive lineman in the state.

Handerson said that he responded very well to the UNC coaching techniques during his camp experience this summer, and that Chapel Hill was a strong selling point as well.

"I really like the Southern environment, because I'm originally from Alabama," Handerson said.

The honors student confirmed that the coaching staff has him penciled in at left tackle, and that he is planning to redshirt his freshman season.

Since his commitment on July 22, Handerson has had several opportunities to build chemistry with other members of this current UNC class.

"I've talked a lot with Deunta Williams about what we're going to accomplish together, and I've also spoken a good bit with Mike Ingersoll," Handerson said.

Handerson is fully qualified and is set to report to UNC on June 22.

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