Q&A with Jamal Womble

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. --- Jamal Womble, a 5-11, 215-pound tailback at Sierra Vista (Ariz.) Buena High School, announced his commitment to North Carolina on Wednesday. Minutes after the announcement, he sat down with Inside Carolina for an exclusive interview ...

When did you know North Carolina was the right fit for you?

"I kind of knew when I visited but I wanted to take my time and be sure about my decision. I talked about it and thought about it and then last night I made my final decision."

At what point did you finalize your decision and tell the coaches?

"Last night. ASU made a very hard push but I knew I wanted to go to North Carolina. ASU made me think but last night I just knew for sure and I made the final, final decision."

How did the coaches react when you committed?

""I called the [UNC coaches] last night when I made the decision. Coach (Butch) Davis was real excited. He and all the coaches were in the same room and he told them and they were all pretty happy ... They were all very excited when I committed."

Why did you pick North Carolina?

"It felt right. Everything was just a real good fit for me at North Carolina and it just felt right all along. ... North Carolina is rebuilding and is going to be good real soon. I want to come in and be one of the many reasons they're on the road to success."

What about UNC stood out over other schools?

"Nothing really stood out for me with North Carolina -- it just felt right. I just knew that I was supposed to go to North Carolina and be a part of the program."

How important were the family connections in the state of North Carolina?

"It is very important. Grandma and grandpa and all of my aunties and everyone [that lives in N.C.]. ... My grandma wanted to see me play football and that was big for me - she lives an hour away [from UNC], so now she'll be able to see me play. ... I have a big family and growing up it makes you tough. Running through ant hills and playing they taught me to play the game and they taught me toughness, you have to be tough in a big family. My family played a very big role."

How would you describe your skills - what type of running back are you?

"I break tackles and cut the best. I just try and get first downs and score touchdowns and not fumble. And I block, I have to pass protect. I don't think I am any one special kind of running back, I just work and try to do what I am supposed to do."

What are your expectations in terms of making an early impact in Chapel Hill?

"The only thing that I ever expect is to go in and work hard and to start. I don't mean any disrespect to the guys at North Carolina right now but I am not going there to sit on the bench. I am going to work hard and go in and earn it -- I want to play and I am going to play hard."

Have you developed early relationships with any of the players?

"When I was on my visit I hung out with Greg Little and Marvin Austin mostly. They are real good and cool guys. And I have developed a relationship with Braden Hanson, the quarterback commit. He is a real cool guy too."

What have they told you about playing football at Carolina?

"They (North Carolina) put players in the NFL. They want me to come in and help them make the North Carolina program great again and that is what I am going to do."

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