Felder: 'It's Where I Want To Be'

Despite rumors suggesting otherwise, Brendon Felder says he didn't head into this past weekend's North Carolina official visit with intentions of making a verbal commitment.

"To tell you the truth, it was a toss up – I really didn't know," Felder said. "There was a big part of me that liked the school, but I wanted to see different aspects [on the visit]."

Regardless, Felder, a 5-foot-10, 162-pound athlete from Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway, gave Butch Davis his pledge before ending the visit Sunday morning.

UNC has been Felder's favorite school for the past several weeks. However, before making a verbal commitment he needed one crucial question answered.

"I wanted to know if I didn't have football, would I want to be at that school," Felder said. "Just the aspect of [whether I could] live there for four years.

"I realized [during the visit] that [UNC is] where I want to be for four years even if I didn't have football."

Felder says John Blake had a "big" impact on his decision to commit to UNC.

"Right after UNC offered me, I prayed about it," Felder said. "And I prayed just to have God lead me in the right direction. And then after that, Coach Blake called me. [Our conversation] wasn't even about football. It wasn't just about God; it was Coach Blake talking about being there as a father figure and how he's there for everyone on the team."

Felder began his UNC official visit Friday. After a meal at a local restaurant, he met with members of the academic support staff, toured the campus, and then watched UNC's walkthrough practice. Freshman wide receiver Josh McKie served as his host throughout the day.

"This time, I got to see everything around campus like Franklin Street," said Felder, who toured the campus when he camped at UNC in June. "Franklin Street is a long street with a lot of stores. A lot of people were down there walking back and forth, and having fun."

On Saturday afternoon, Felder watched UNC defeat East Carolina, 31-17.

"It was great, to tell you the truth," Felder said of the game. "I watched the [Old Well Walk] and I had fans screaming my name. When I was on the field, I had fans screaming my name. The atmosphere is great – it's just like a family atmosphere; it's like a whole big family from alumni to fans to coaches."

Following the game, Felder was paired with junior safety Deunta Williams.

"[Williams] showed me Franklin Street a little bit and then we went over to a player's house," Felder said. "We were just chilling, mostly watching college football. We had a fun time."

Felder spent much of Sunday with UNC's coaching staff.

"I talked to all the coaches," Felder said. "I talked to Coach Blake; he's just a father figure and one of those coaches that's down to earth and will tell me the truth. I spoke to Coach [John] Shoop, the offensive coordinator and he's also my recruiting coordinator so I know him pretty well. And [I spoke to] Coach [Charlie] Williams, the wide receivers coach; that's another coach that I love."

Felder concluded his visit by meeting with Butch Davis.

"We talked about school, life, and how they plan on using me in the program," Felder said. "We talked about my weekend. He asked me how I liked it. I told him I loved it and I want to help them win a championship."

UNC is recruiting Felder as a slot receiver.

"They need some speed on the field, [Davis] said," Felder explained. "He talked about using my speed and if I work hard, I can be an asset."

Felder says his commitment is firm.

"My word is my word," Felder said. "That's the strongest thing you can have is your word.

"I don't think I'm going to visit any other schools. UNC is exactly what I wanted. I prayed for it, and it's exactly what I prayed for."

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