McAdoo Excited, Relieved To Sign

While signing with North Carolina on Wednesday literally signifies that Jared McAdoo is officially a Tar Heel, it figuratively closes a chapter in his life full of ups and downs.

"Signing is actually like a big relief," McAdoo said. "At the same time, the excitement starts to fill up in you."

Since the summer, McAdoo had two teammates pass away, helped Chapel Hill (N.C.) win the PAC 6 Conference title, got into a legal hitch, and starred in the Shrine Bowl as the leading tackler. Throughout his tumultuous six months, the one constant was the support from the UNC coaching staff.

"They were always there for me," McAdoo said. "They were fighting for me in my corner [and] they were rooting for me to make it through all my struggles that I had to go through."

McAdoo, who was recruited by John Blake, verbally committed to UNC in early March over scholarship offers from Clemson, East Carolina, Maryland, NC State, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wake Forest.

Despite the plethora of offers and the early nature of his commitment, McAdoo never wavered.

"[Looking around] never really crossed my mind at all in the recruiting process, because beforehand I looked at all the schools that I really had interest in," McAdoo said. "I went with Carolina and that really hasn't changed at all – it stayed 100-percent."

For McAdoo, UNC encompassed everything he desired in a school.

"It's a great town to live in, the coaching staff they have over there is great – they incorporate a family environment, the fans are great, and then I felt it was a great university to earn a degree from," McAdoo said.

McAdoo, a 6-foot-2, 288-pound defensive tackle, expects to get into UNC's defensive line rotation pretty soon.

"In talking to them recently, we've been talking about me coming in and making an impact early on in my career," McAdoo said.

McAdoo says he's qualified according to the NCAA Clearinghouse's sliding scale. He plans to enroll in the second summer semester at UNC.

After concluding his prep football career in December, McAdoo has primarily been focused on his UNC career. He has elected not to participate in any other sports, instead spending his free time lifting and running.

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