Holley talks about his commitment

Jesse Holley spoke with <i>Inside Carolina</i>'s Mac Heffner Friday evening after the two-sport star announced his commitment to North Carolina.

It all went according to plan for Jesse Holley.

First he publicly announced that he would be a Tar Heel and then he broke the school's all-time hoops scoring record.

"We won by 20, I broke the scoring record and I committed," said Holley, a 6-4, 190-pound wide receiver who's 40 time was clocked at 4.4. "It's like so much pressure off me. I can go back to being a normal kid again. I am focused and can be a regular high school kid now."

After announcing his college intentions on a local news station, Holley's Roselle squad took the floor against rival Hillside. His 21-point outing set the school mark, while 19th-ranked Roselle improved to 9-1, but strangely enough, there was no one there to watch it. Due to previous incidents between the two schools, no fans were allowed in the gym – not even Holley's mother.

"It was different [not having a crowd there]. My teammates didn't really know. They had a news team down there. They heard it while it was going on. During the game they were saying ‘Tar Heels,' ‘ACC' and ‘Jordan' at me out there."

But two UNC coaches managed to slip their way into the gym.

"Coach Fleming and Coach Brewer were at the game," Holley said. "I think they snuck in there. I just felt like UNC is the place that I need to be."

But no one was more excited about Holley's commitment than head coach John Bunting.

"I talked to him a while ago," Holley said. "Coach Bunting was excited, he was in a restaurant and he came out on the street and he screamed out loud. So he was excited. He said, ‘Get ready.'"

So why did he choose North Carolina?

"The people the town, the players, the coaches, the campus, just everything," Holley said, while he mother chanted ‘Tar Heels' in the background. "I think it won't sink in until after I put the uniform on. I spoke to Doherty on Wednesday. I don't think he knows I committed yet. He told me it would be a blessing to get me [as a walk-on] and I will be able to do both there."

Holley joins a wide receiver class that was already considered one of the best in the ACC, with Mike Mason and Adarius Bowman.


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