Hadley, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound safety from Seffner (Fla.) Armwood, has been contemplating verbally committing to UNC for the last couple of weeks.
"I didn't wake up and commit – I didn't make it over night," Hadley said. "All this week I've been thinking about it and [Withers] had been talking to me about it, too. So I decided to go ahead and do it."
A summer unofficial visit and an official visit in September set the foundation for Hadley's decision, while a recent in-home visit provided the finishing touches.
"It slowly came along," Hadley said. "When I went and made my visit, it was real convincing, but I still kept the door open to everybody. And when they came to my house, I really started to feel them even more – like when they were telling me about the academic program."
A couple of weeks ago, Withers and Butch Davis had an in-home visit with Hadley.
"They were telling me how much they like me and how I fit into their defense," Hadley said. "They said I'm ahead of a lot of people they've been looking at. And they said there's a good chance I'm going to get a lot of playing time."
While UNC was turning up the heat on Hadley, schools like Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, and Michigan weren't matching the intensity of UNC's interest.
"It was a tough decision, but when other schools stopped calling me it made it easier," Hadley said. "Other schools, every now and then they'll call, but not like North Carolina called me."
In addition to the attention, Hadley chose UNC because of the opportunities the program presents.
"They look like they're on the way to the top," Hadley said. "Coach Davis is a really good coach and he has a lot of good things going for him. From what he was telling me, he said he's going to stay there, and I don't want to be in the middle of a coaching change. I really like what's going on at North Carolina – they look like they're going the right way."
Hadley, who has taken only one official visit – to UNC – says his commitment to UNC is firm and that he's "probably not" going to visit any other schools.
Ryne Giddins and Mywan Jackson are not only teammates of Hadley, but major targets for UNC.
"I can do what I can [to get them to follow me to UNC], but it's up to them," Hadley said. "I want them to make their own decision. But if they want to come, I'm welcome to it."
Before Hadley committed to UNC, the topic of playing together in college has been discussed among the trio.
"When they found out, [Ryne] was like ‘I knew it' and [Mywan] was like ‘I might come,'" Hadley said.
Hadley, a three-year starter for Armwood, finished his career as the school's all-time leader in interceptions with 19. He also set the school's single season record for interceptions with 10 this season.
In addition to his picks, Hadley collected 79 tackles as a senior. Three of his interceptions were returned for touchdowns. As a junior, Hadley recorded 91 tackles and three interceptions.