UNC Offers Byrnes WR

Jazz King's patience paid off Tuesday when he received a scholarship offer from North Carolina.

"I was like ‘Finally,'" King said with a sigh. "I knew they were going to come through. They told me if I kept working hard, they were going to go get me. They finally went and got me."

UNC has been recruiting King, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound wide receiver from Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes, for approximately a year. He has made several visits to Chapel Hill, including participating in the Tar Heels' camp. However, it wasn't until the coaching staff got their hands on King's senior film that they decided to offer.

"They were already recruiting me heavy," King said. "They watched my game [film] and fell more and more in love with me… They said [they decided to offer] because I work hard and I'm a good athlete."

On Tuesday, a UNC representative contacted King's head football coach, Chris Miller. They informed him of UNC's intentions to offer. Miller relayed that information to King.

Later that evening, John Blake, who is handling King's recruitment, and Butch Davis called King.

"They were talking about how they really loved me and how much they want me to commit," King said. "They were just saying if I came down there I'd be playing offense and defense and on special teams as a returner."

Kansas, Marshall, Mississippi, and Tulane have also offered King a scholarship. He says Florida and Tennessee are recruiting him hard and could be close to offering themselves.

The UNC offer has caused King to re-think his previous favorite schools list and start anew.

"Right now, I'm going to wait until I visit all of them again and I'll have my top [schools list] then," King said. "I'm open to everybody right now."

King's new series of trips begins this weekend when he visits Mississippi. He's unsure if that visit will be official or unofficial.

Additionally, King plans to visit Florida and return to UNC and Tennessee. He says UNC, along with Mississippi, is guaranteed an official visit at some point.

Thus far this fall, King has attended the UNC-Citadel game in Chapel Hill and the Tennessee-Ohio contest in Knoxville.

Despite the lack of a favorite list of schools, King says UNC is among his "top" schools.

"They have a great education – especially in what I want to major in, business," King said. "I just love the coaches."

UNC has received verbal commitments from two wide receiver prospects: Brendon Felder and Reggie Wilkins. King says that doesn't concern him.

"I have the mindset that I'm going to go in and work hard," King said. "I don't want to just go and have my position. I want to go in and work my way up.

King is the leading receiver for Byrnes, which is ranked third nationally by the USA Today this fall. He has made 23 catches for 435 yards and six touchdowns.

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