"I went up there last month and I got a real good feeling the first time up there. When I came up the second time, I got the same feeling. I just fell in love with the whole environment."
Searcy, a 6-foot 200-pound safety from Decatur (Ga.) Towers, wasn't the only native of the Peach State to get "the feeling." Fonterrian Ingram, who also verbally pledged to UNC Saturday afternoon, also felt comfortable while on UNC's campus.
"The first time we both came up here we both liked it, we both did very well, and we both got offers," said Searcy. "We kept in touch and we were like, if we commit, we are going to commit at the same time."
Searcy has also received scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Florida, and LSU, but revealed his commitment is firm and that he won't be visiting any other schools.
"I'm done," said Searcy.
After running the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds during the June camp, Searcy improved to a 4.41-second time. Although he only participated in one practice session, Searcy felt like he impressed the coaching staff again.
During his junior season, Searcy earned first team all-county and all-state honorable mention for his play at rover linebacker. He also played tailback where he rushed for 707 yards and seven touchdowns.
Searcy Scouting Report: "Searcy is talented enough to play on either side of the ball at the next level. His best attribute is his speed. I mean this kid has range and closing speed. Searcy can run north-south or down the line. He is at his best on the move and chasing the ball. He is physical and aggressive. The question is he big enough to play linebacker at the next level? Yes as a WILL but that could depend on scheme. But he may be fast enough to play strong safety on defense. And he also has a chance to be a running back in college. Searcy has good size and speed for that position. He plays running back like linebacker - fast and hard. Searcy hits the hole hard and shows good vision and balance." -- Jamie Newberg