Recruit Reaction

Inside Carolina spoke with many of UNC's committed recruits to get their stance on the latest UNC/NCAA developments.

Eric Ebron

"I was actually at this interview [on Thursday] before the game we had, Friday… My coaches were just talking about it – it was me and my head coach [and] one of my assistant coaches. We were all just sitting there and just talking about.

"[UNC] sent me a letter saying that they're not going to miss out on bowl games and nothing is too serious – they just made a mistake and plan on cleaning it up.

"As of right now, we don't know [how to react]. Me and my mom and dad were discussing it… I feel like UNC knows what they're doing. I think they'll clean it up and everything will be good. I need to look into it more and find out if it's a big deal or if it isn't.

"The academic side of it is what concerns me. When I get there, I want to get help – I don't want anyone to do it for me. I want to learn on top of playing in a great football program.

"We're going to stay with UNC. But if it gets terrible, then we plan on [de-committing]. We're going to try to wait it out. Hopefully it stays good, because I really don't want to go anywhere else… I think they'll clean it up and everything will be good."

Brandon Ellerbe

"T.J. Thorpe and Marquise Williams told me. They told me about it and then I saw it on ESPN.

"[Sam] Pittman wrote me Friday morning… The main part about [the letter] he said the NCAA was looking into it, but he was like it's no big deal.

"I'm going to be honest with you. It makes me think. But I told myself if something happens, I don't know what I'm going to do. I don't want to go to a school and have to go through that. I'm going to have to talk to my momma ... I'm going to speak to her before I make a final decision."

Kiaro Holts

"I really didn't hear much of anything about it.

"The only thing that would probably affect me is if they can't go to a bowl game."

Kameron Jackson

"[Sunday] is the first that I've heard about the tutor part. My dad told me about it – he keeps up with it – and my head coach told me about it. I haven't been following [the investigation] that closely. So I really don't have anything to say about it.

"It's not going to affect my decision. That's where I want to go to school."

Jarrod James

"I found out at school [on Thursday]. Teachers would come up to me knowing I'm already committed, [and] joke around and say ‘You know what's happening at Carolina?' or ‘Haven't you heard?' I thought they were talking about what happened during the summer. When they told me it was something else, it was like ‘Wow, that's tough.'

"My parents and I were actually talking about it the other day and we still believe that the integrity of the university and the way it feels about academics hasn't been lost. People have messed up and made some mistakes, but overall the integrity of the university and the way they want things done, it hasn't been changed. It really doesn't [affect my commitment] too much."

"The letter I received from Coach [Ken] Browning the other day really stuck out to me. He was just talking about how ‘We know, we have people that have messed up. But we want things done the right way and we're going to handle things accordingly.'"

Romar Morris

"I basically saw it on the computer [on Saturday] - I didn't really get all the details about it. I just hope everything gets cleared up.

"Right now, I'm not going to jump to conclusions. I think everything is going to go away – hopefully.

"Right now, it doesn't affect [my commitment] at all."

Darien Rankin

"The coaches, they informed me a little bit about it [on Friday]. I don't think it's going to be a big problem, from what they said.

"[The UNC coaches] were basically telling me everything is good and they'll take care of it and they don't think it will happen again."

"I don't think it affects [my commitment] at all. When I get up there, I'm going to make sure I have my academics and everything all set."

Travis Riley

"I found out about it right when it happened. I was watching ESPN, because that's pretty much all I watch. The press conference came on with the chancellor, Coach [Butch] Davis, and the athletic director.

"At first I was wondering what was going on, because they didn't really give you the whole story.

"My biggest concern would be not being able to play in bowl games or something like that.

"[The new development does] not [affect my commitment] at all."

Daquan Romero

"I heard about it Thursday and then Friday people just kept telling me about it, but I still didn't know what was going on. I didn't really have a distinct reaction. I was just trying to see what was going on.

"I'm just trying to see everything that's going on and what's going to happen with the team – not just with the players. Like can they still go to bowl games [and] can they still play on TV?"

Tim Scott

"I'm friends with people on Facebook that go to Carolina and play football there. [On Thursday] a guy put something on his status, so I asked him what was wrong and he sent me the link from ESPN and I read about it. I watched the press conference online.

"First, I was just worried about the team this year – how it's going to be if they lose scholarship players. That's really going to hurt the team, knowing that they have to play LSU the first game. And then on top of that, I was just thinking I hope it doesn't affect us in the future recruiting classes and the players that are going to be going there.

"I asked Coach [Charlie] Williams what's been going on. But he also said he doesn't know 100-percent what's going on. So when he finds out, he'll email me immediately.

"As of this moment, [it affects my commitment] none right now. It doesn't affect it at all, because I don't know 100-percent what's going on. So I don't want to jump to conclusions… I'm going to talk to the coaches and I'm going to find out the real situation."

T.J. Thorpe

"I was actually leaving the barber shop and I happened to look on the TV. When I saw it I put my head down and I was like ‘Oh man, here we go.' I wasn't necessary worried about it. But, I feel like this has to be the worst time for it."

"I talked to Coach [Charlie] Williams [on Thursday] night and at that point in time he didn't know. Then I talked to Coach [Marcus] Berry and he said there shouldn't be anything that affects the recruits in the future. But most likely if there is any disciplinary actions, then it will only be those [involved] players and probably just for this season.

"What would probably concern me the most is any type of coaching change – for whatever reason. [The coaches] keep insisting it won't be anything like that. Even if they lost bowl games, I could probably get by that. But the thing that would bother me the most is if the coaches that I'll be dealing with – the head coach [and] the offensive coaches more so – if they were to leave. [If that happened] I might have to do a little bit of rethinking, but I'm not sure if it would change [my feelings] a whole lot.

"It's still a commitment. I'm down here all the time, so I get first word on stuff before [other commitments] do. From my understanding, the coaches aren't necessarily worried so much as the future is concerned – more so [they're worried] right now for the players and the season they're about to go into."

Shawn Underwood

"I found out about it the day it came on the news. I was just getting home from practice when they said something about it. And then the same day, they sent a handwritten letter about it – basically said the NCAA was investigating the tutor. I guess they wanted me to know before it got out there.

"The first thing that came to my mind was ‘Oh no, not again,' because a couple of days after I committed that's when the [initial] investigation started about the players. So I was like ‘Oh man, not again.'"

"[My concern is] probably getting penalized for the stuff they did, as far as [losing] bowl games and any kind of restrictions as far as recruiting."

"Right now, [my commitment] is pretty much the same – unless more and more stuff comes out. I haven't thought about de-committing."

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