Livingston's a Tar Heel

North Carolina coach John Bunting and his staff are on a roll. And it doesn't look like they plan to stop until the scholarships are all gone.

The Tar Heels picked up their 18th known commitment on Monday as Donnell Livingston made it known that he plans to attend North Carolina.

Livingston, a 6-2, 290 pound defensive end out of Sarasota High (Fla.), gave UNC coach Brad Lawing the news on Monday during an in-home visit.

Livingston just returned from a visit to Ole Mississippi and had an in-home visit from defensive line coach Brad Lawing on Monday.

"Coach Lawing met with my mom and grandma today," Livingston said of UNC's newest position coach. "They really liked him. I think he is a pretty cool dude."

Livingston said a number of things played into his decision – including the football staff and the campus.

More importantly, Livingston has canceled a scheduled official visit to N.C. State that was set for this weekend. He had taken official visits to Nebraska, Maryland and UNC.

"I decided I am going to play for North Carolina. I was looking for a place where I had a good fit and where I trusted the coaches. I can also play early. Miss. was my last trip and it was cool, but I didn't really fit in well there.

"I think the coaches are real straight-forward and I felt like I could believe everything they were saying. Me and Coach (Hal) Hunter are close and he was the first person that started recruiting me. From what I've seen, you can't beat UNC. That is my opinion."

While Livingston is sure now, he took post-UNC visits to other schools to make sure Chapel Hill was where he really wanted to be.

"I wasn't really sure (after my UNC visit) and that is why I took my other visits. It felt like the right thing to do (now). When I was on campus, I just felt like I could enjoy my next four or five years there (at UNC). That is what I was looking for."

With the commitment comes the realization that Livingston will not stay close to home to play football. However, he says his family is just fine with that fact.

"I mean that is not a big deal because we have a lot of family in North Carolina. They (my family) were kind of upset that I waited this long. I didn't know anything about North Carolina before they recruited me."

Now, Livingston knows all he needs to and has chose his new home for the fall. The defensive tackle will spend his Saturday's in Kenan Stadium in Carolina Blue.

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