Lipford Switches to UNC

After a year of being verbally committed to Duke, Darius Lipford has switched his pledge to North Carolina.

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"I didn't de-commit until yesterday, but I talked to Carolina Sunday and I told them what I was going to do," Lipford said. "I'm committed to [UNC] now. I sent the [Duke] coaches an email. They sent me one back and said that we'll have to talk sometime soon."

Lipford, a 6-foot-3, 201-pound athlete from Lenoir (N.C.) Hibriten, verbally committed to Duke last October.

"I had been thinking about it for the last three months, pretty much, on and off," Lipford said. "[I've been] trying to figure out what school I like better. Pretty much, I came to the conclusion that Carolina seemed like a better fit for me."

In September, Lipford began having second thoughts on his commitment. His initial plan was to take all five of his official visits and then decide his collegiate destination. Outside of UNC and Duke, he was considering visits to Clemson, South Carolina, and Virginia.

"I'm going to take my official [visit] to North Carolina and that's it," Lipford said. "I think that's the best fit for me. I've been down there a couple of times on an unofficial [visit]. I stayed overnight one time and that was almost like an official. I always have a real good experience - the student body really fits my personality.

"Duke is kind of secluded in its own little area."

Lipford says this commitment is final.

"This is it," Lipford said. "I don't know why I [initially] committed too early. I don't know if it was them giving me the opportunity to play more than one sport or what. I just think I jumped too fast my junior year. If I could take it back and stay uncommitted until now, I would have already committed to Carolina."

Outside of possibly track, Lipford only plans to participate in football at UNC.

UNC is recruiting Lipford as an outside linebacker. He plays the "dog" position (outside linebacker/safety) in Hibriten's 3-5 defense.

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