Clyburn, a 6-foot-1, 202-pound athlete from Statesville (N.C.) West Iredell, had some academic question marks, which prevented UNC from offering him a scholarship until late November.
"It was kind of frustrating, because I had been talking to them for a long time and they couldn't offer me because of my academics," Clyburn said.
Roughly ten days after receiving the UNC offer, Clyburn verbally committed to Butch Davis during an in-home visit.
"Like I said, it's my dream school," Clyburn said. "I love the atmosphere, I love the relationship I've built with Coach ‘Mo' [Allen Mogridge], and I fit in well [there]."
UNC is recruiting Clyburn as a linebacker. He played wide receiver and safety in high school and also returned kickoffs.
The NCAA Clearinghouse requires three approved math courses. But the UNC system requires four math courses for enrollment.
Clyburn, who is short a math course, said he is currently taking the missing class online.
Following his senior football season, Clyburn had surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He says he's now back to 100 percent and the injury isn't something he'll have to worry about in the future.
"I didn't even have to go to rehab," Clyburn said. "They said I had so much muscle in my leg that I didn't have to go."
Because of the surgery, Clyburn didn't participate in a sport during the winter season. He will run track in the spring, participating in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and 4x100 and 4x200 relays.