Big Commitment for UNC

Eric Ebron went with his gut and committed to North Carolina on Thursday afternoon.

Ebron, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end from Greensboro (N.C.) Smith, called UNC assistant coach Allen Mogridge, his primary recruiter, and made the verbal commitment.

"[Mogridge] just happened to be next to Coach [Butch] Davis," Ebron said. "So I told both at the same time.

"Coach ‘Mo' said he felt like he had a heart attack just now. Coach Davis was very excited – I think he was bouncing off walls."

Ebron, who is ranked one of the state's top five junior prospects by Scout.com, has received nearly 20 scholarship offers, including Alabama, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Maryland, Miami, NC State, Rutgers, Virginia, and West Virginia.

"UNC is the first school and it's the last school," Ebron said. "There's nothing about UNC that I don't like. I wanted to commit, so I ran with it. Now it's time to just focus on school."

"North Carolina felt like family when I went there [and] family when I left. The coaches are always looking out for the players… UNC was just the best choice."

Ebron labeled UNC his leader last football season. However, he backed off that statement a few months after the season.

"[UNC] has always been my leader," Ebron said. "I was keeping it on the low. I was disguising that thing."

Originally, Ebron had planned to announce his college choice at a press conference close to Signing Day.

"I just felt like it was time to buckle down and focus on the season and let's get ready to roll," Ebron said. "I have my school, so let's go."

UNC's offense utilizes two tight ends – an ‘Y' (tight end) and a ‘H' (h-back).

"They said they want to start me at the ‘Y' – spread me out, put me on the line, go across the middle," Ebron said. "They said they want me as the all-purpose tight end."

Ebron says he doesn't plan on visiting any other schools, outside of UNC.

"As of right now, I'm pretty much done," Ebron said.

Related Links:
* Intro Tour: Eric Ebron
* Junior Video: Eric Ebron
* Eric Ebron Profile


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