Renner, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback from Springfield (Va.) West, verbally committed to North Carolina in late March after unofficially visiting a spring practice.
At the time, Renner claimed offers from Ohio, Maryland, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and West Virginia. The people at UNC, though, were the difference for Renner.
"Coach [Butch] Davis, Coach [John] Shoop, and Coach [Charlie] Williams did a great job every time I was down there," Renner said. "All the coaches did [a great job] – it's like one big family. I just wanted to be a part of people that wanted me there."
By committing so early, Renner was able to watch UNC's recruiting class come together.
"I think it's just amazing how the coaching staff did a great job recruiting," Renner said. "This class is going to do big things in the future. To be a part of it is going to be an honor."
The UNC coaching staff hasn't definitively told Renner whether he'll be red-shirted this fall or how he fits into their plans at quarterback.
"They told me to just come in and compete," Renner said. "When June comes around, that's what I'm going to do and see what happens."
Renner, who says he'll have no problem qualifying, will arrive in Chapel Hill in time to enroll in the second summer semester.
Renner took the winter sports season off, but will play baseball in the spring. He plays shortstop and is being looked at by several Major League Baseball teams. However, professional baseball isn't an option Renner is considering.
"I'm going to Carolina – I'm pretty locked up on that," Renner said. "I just can't wait to get here."