Felder: 'I Sealed The Deal'

Signing with North Carolina means Brendon Felder will no longer have to deflect the advances of other coaching staffs.

"I'm going to stop getting texts and calls from all these [outside] coaches and I sealed the deal," Felder said. "I'm just going to get my mind ready for the career that is coming towards me – like the lifting schedule, the playbook, everything like that – and get on board and ready to try to participate my freshmen year."

During a September official visit, Felder, a 5-foot-10, 162-pound athlete from Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway, verbally committed to UNC.

"[Separating UNC] was definitely the coaching staff [and] definitely the overall chemistry of the program," Felder said. "I just see myself for four years being there. [I admire] the way they come together and the love they showed me when I was down there."

Despite his pledge, schools like Boston College occasionally checked on Felder's commitment status, while Notre Dame attempted to make a late push.

"I heard a couple things from Notre Dame," Felder said. "Brian Kelly went over there from Cincinnati and I was real close with him."

Regardless, Felder never wavered.

"I've been solid with North Carolina throughout the whole process," Felder said. "I just have that relationship with them and no one can ever change that… A lot of schools have contacted Coach Terry [Smith], but he's been helping me out with [informing them I'm firm]."

UNC is recruiting Felder as a wide receiver. However, from day one he'll compete for return duties.

"[Allen Mogridge] came up [to visit] and said they definitely need someone to come in and be that special teams guy and spark them in that area," Felder said. "North Carolina was solid on offense and defense, but they need someone to spark them on special teams. They need that quick guy that can score from 40 [yards] out."

Charlie Williams, UNC's wide receivers coach, is recruiting Felder for UNC.

This spring, Felder plans to run track for Gateway and participate in the 100-meter dash and the 4x100 relay.

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