Prentice McKinney made something official on Wednesday that had been percolating behind the scenes for weeks.
Instead of signing with Notre Dame on National Signing Day, the safety from Dallas announced via Twitter a change of plans. Fresh off an official visit to North Carolina, McKinney changed his commitment to the Tar Heels.
“I want to thank everybody that helped me throughout my recruiting process and appreciate your support,” McKinney posted. “I’ve officially decided to flip my commitment to the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.”
McKinney originally committed to Notre Dame in March before setting foot on campus for the first time. He followed up with a Blue-Gold Game visit, which solidified his choice.
He visited again during the season. It wasn’t until afterward that McKinney wavered, stating an intention to visit UCLA earlier this month. Instead he took an official visit to North Carolina last weekend, changing commitments days later.
Notre Dame has continued its pursuit of safeties with McKinney in flux.
In-state prospect Mykelti Williams landed an offer on Dec. 19 and accepted the same day. Frank Buncom IV, Arrington Farrar, Gary Jennings, Nathan Meadors and Justin Reid have all remained targets late into the recruiting cycle.
Reid is scheduled to visit this weekend while the Irish still work to get Farrar on campus after Stanford denied his admission. Buncom, Jennings and Meadors have already visited.