Report: Switzer A Tar Heel

One of the more highly-coveted recruits from West Virginia in recent years has made his college choice, and he won't be suiting up for the Mountaineers. reported Wednesday that Ryan Switzer will verbally commit to North Carolina instead.

MetroNews' Hoppy Kercheval tweeted quotes from Switzer's coach at Charleston (W.Va.) George Washington High School, Steve Edwards, indicating the receiver has chosen UNC. His other two finalists were Penn State and West Virginia.

"I just think he made a mature, educated decision," Edwards said, according to Kercheval's tweets. "I'm happy that he's happy."

Switzer, the 2011 Kennedy Award winner as the top high school player in the Mountain State, scheduled a public announcement of the decision for Thursday.

The 5-foot-9, 165-pound product has yet to be given a star rating by's evaluators, but the fact that he holds scholarship offers from Arizona, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Purdue and Wake Forest (in addition to the three finalists) indicates the level of national interest he has drawn.

Switzer performed well in 7-on-7 camps during the summer before his junior season and did little to disappoint afterwards, running for more than 2,700 yards and scoring 45 touchdowns in leading the Patriots to the Class AAA state championship game.

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