"It was everything pretty much. With [all the assistant coaches] leaving Cincinnati, I kept that in mind, took my visit, and I liked what North Carolina had to offer."
When did you commit to UNC?
"[Friday] afternoon I told Coach [Everett] Withers."
How did he react?
"He was pretty much happy. I think he kind of saw it coming, because we've been talking probably all week."
Have you spoken to the coaches at Cincinnati?
"I've de-committed. I'll call them next or they'll probably call me sometime tonight, I'm pretty sure."
Initially you planned on announcing on Signing Day. What made you publicly announce five days sooner?
"Pretty much, I wanted to help my team. There are guys who don't know where they're going and hopefully they see me commit and think ‘I should probably go there, too.' [I announced sooner] just to help the program pretty much."
Fellow Floridians Casey Turner and Tim Jackson also verbally committed to UNC within the past 24 hours. Is that just a coincidence?
"I know both, but I haven't talked to them. I'm not really close with them."
When did you actually know that you wanted to go to UNC?
"Probably like, maybe two days ago. I felt like I was going to take a little bit more time so I wouldn't make my decision with emotions. So pros and cons, I wrote those down and UNC was the best fit for me, I believe."
How much of an impact did the official visit to UNC have on your decision?
"It had a big influence on my decision, because going up to see what UNC had to offer was probably one of the best things that I could have done. You know I was kind of sketchy about even taking that one. And I ended up taking that and loving UNC and everything it had to offer. The education I'm going to get there will take me far in life."
What is the game plan for you once you get on campus?
"I plan on going up June 20. But we haven't talked about anything else. They definitely didn't tell me I have to red-shirt. I'm going to go in there and fight for a chance to be on the field. If I have to red-shirt, hey that's what I have to do. I'm willing to do anything for the program."