Feagles Commits to Carolina

C.J. Feagles traveled to Chapel Hill last weekend to visit the UNC campus and work out at the Tar Heel football camp. Thanks to an impressive performance, he headed back home with a UNC scholarship offer. Shortly thereafter the rising senior punter from Ridgewood (N.J.) decided to commit to North Carolina.

"I talked to my parents about it and I really liked the campus and the coaches," said Feagles, who stands 5-11 and 180 pounds. "It's a good school academically. I just felt it was a good fit."

Feagles' father, Jeff, is a 21-year NFL veteran punter and a member of the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. It was Jeff's connection to head coach Butch Davis that brought C.J. to UNC's camp last weekend.

"My dad's personal friends with head coach Butch Davis," Feagles said. "I had a lot of people tell me how good of a school it was and a lot of people have been down there and seen the campus. They were the first school to show major interest. I just wanted to go down there."

Feagles trip confirmed what he'd been told about Chapel Hill and the overall visit left a strong impression.

"The football facilities were amazing," he said. "The academics, it's one of the best schools in the country. And they have a football program that's only going to get better. ... Every single coach I met down there I really liked."

Feagles had received interest from Boston College, Notre Dame and Rutgers -- and was planning to visit Boston College this week, though that visit was canceled after he had made up his mind about wanting to attend UNC.

"North Carolina was the first one that offered," he said. "I was supposed to go to Boston College .... but I didn't see any point in going."

At UNC, Feagles enters a program that will graduate its scholarship punter following the 2008 season, creating an opportunity to compete for the starting job immediately.

"They have a senior punter so he's going to be graduating after his year," Feagles said. "They have [a] walk-on punter and I'll be competing with him."

The 2007 season at Ridgewood was Feagles' first on the gridiron. He was solely a punter last year, without any other kicking duties, and averaged 38 yards per punt. This coming fall he plans to also see time on the field at wide receiver.

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