Linton Anxious to Arrive

Although he's excited to have finally signed his National Letter of Intent, it doesn't ease Ty Linton's anxiousness to begin his college career.

"I'm just really looking forward to getting on campus and getting things going," Linton said. "I'm biting at the bit right now. When I was up for my official, I really didn't want to leave."

Back in May, Linton, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker from Charlotte (N.C.) Christian, became one of the first recruits to verbally commit to UNC.

"I told myself if Carolina offered me that's where I wanted to go," Linton said. "They offered pretty early. It's been very easy for me, to tell you the truth, to not have to take other visits and knowing where I'm going in my mind."

In Linton's mind, there was no beating UNC.

"I just liked the atmosphere and what it's like to call yourself a Tar Heel," Linton said. "It's an unbelievable campus. When I walk on campus, I fall in love with the place. And you can't beat it academically and athletically."

Athletically, Linton plans to walk on to UNC's baseball team, in addition to being a scholarship player on the football team.

To give Linton a better idea of the situation he's walking into, red-shirt freshman Bryn Renner, who plays both baseball and football at UNC, hosted Linton during his official visit.

"The coaches wanted to give me a taste of what it was going to be like," Linton said. "Bryn shared a little bit with me. I think I can handle the schedule of playing both."

Linton's senior baseball season begins at the end of this month. With a good season, he could further increase his MLB draft stock.

"There has been contact with scouts and there's been interest," Linton said. "But it's really too early to see what's going on with that.

"I simply told them Carolina is where I want to be at and college is something I want to do. It would have to be life changing money for me not to go to Carolina – I've made that clear."

Everett Withers has handled Linton's recruitment for UNC.

"Positionally, he's saying I can come in and be a traveling linebacker," Linton said. "I can definitely come in and play on special teams. They're not talking about red-shirting me at all."

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