Linton to UNC

Speculation became fact Thursday night when Ty Linton verbally committed to North Carolina.

"The junior recruiting period ended Friday, which allowed him to know where he stood," Jim Linton, Ty's father, said. "He had a few late offers from Illinois, ECU, and Louisville, but he was kind of leaning towards Carolina all along. He has a busy summer with baseball… So he wanted to have a clear mind to play baseball for a couple of months before getting ready for the football season."

Linton, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound linebacker from Charlotte (N.C.) Christian, selected UNC over scholarship offers from Duke, Illinois, Louisville, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wake Forest, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

"You know how you just get that gut feeling that it's the right situation for you," Linton said. "He still has a baseball passion and he's at least going to give it a try to play [for the baseball team]. He looked at Carolina's stability and Coach [Butch] Davis' tenure there and knows he's going to be there a while. Throw in there that he wanted to stay pretty close to home."

Word began to leak out that Linton was contemplating a verbal commitment the last couple of weeks.

"All along he wanted to wait for June 1or after the junior recruiting period was over just to be prudent in your thought," Linton said.

Linton's father estimates that when UNC extended his son a scholarship offer during a March junior day, the Tar Heels became a leader.

The opportunity to play both football and baseball at UNC played a major role in Linton's decision.

"Very few schools have three great programs – basketball, football, baseball," Linton said. "Carolina is very unique in that way. The basketball and baseball are tops in the country and the football team is going to be there. And how do you play in any better facilities?"

Linton's verbal commitment is firm. He doesn't plan on visiting any other school, outside of UNC.

Linton is a two-time NCISAA 11-Man Football Division I All-State selection at linebacker.

"I think at the next level, he's a guy that changes the game on either side of the ball or special teams," Christian coach Jason Estep said. "He allows you to be very athletic, especially on defense. He's very versatile where he could play outside linebacker or strong safety. His speed and the way he plays the game, potentially changes any given play."

His play on both sides of the ball during his junior season helped Christian win the NCISAA 11-man last fall. On the season, he rushed 107 times for 753 yards and five touchdowns, and caught 29 passes for 319 yards and two more scores. Defensively, he accumulated 68 tackles, including eight solo and 6.5 sacks, and four pass break

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