Moss Picks Carolina

After allowing his experience last weekend at Maryland's Junior Day to sink in, Donte Moss decided to verbally commit to North Carolina on Monday.

"Today I talked to the [UNC] coaches about how I'm pretty sure I want to come to Carolina," Moss said, "because [Maryland] was really the only other school that I had in mind."

Moss, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end from Jacksonville (N.C.) Northside, selected UNC over scholarship offers from such other programs as Alabama, Clemson, Florida, East Carolina, Georgia, NC State, and Virginia Tech.

"Mainly, really there were no other schools that offered as much as Carolina," Moss said. "… I didn't have the foundation at other schools that I have at Carolina. I have two friends that are having good success that are already in the program – Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams. And then I have a lot of family that lives in North Carolina."

John Blake, who is handling Moss' recruitment for UNC, was a major factor in Moss' decision.

"He really explained to me about what he could do and what he could offer me," Moss said. "Plus, the guys he's coached and trained, it's awesome. If he could do that with those people, there's no telling what he could do with me.

"He seemed just as concerned with life as he does with football. A lot of times when I talked to him, he doesn't even talk about football – believe it or not. He talks about what I could do off the field."

Although he says he'll "probably" still camp at Florida this summer, Moss insists his pledge is solid.

"I'm pretty firm, because [my decision is] not only about football," Moss said.

Additionally, Moss had planned to attend NC State's upcoming Junior Day . He has yet to discuss with his mother whether or not he will cancel that visit.

Moss grew up following the Wolfpack and was considered a strong NC State lean early in his recruitment.

"I like State, but it wasn't too much that I would put it over any other school," Moss said.

Moss will be in Chapel Hill on April 5th for UNC's spring game and said he figures to attend one of the Tar Heels' summer camps.

He is ranked the No. 11 DE in the country (No. 101 overall) by Scout.com and the No. 3 prospect in N.C.

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