Arlington (Va.) Bishop O'Connell offensive tackle Nick Appel pulled his first offer yesterday from the ACC. The 6-foot-6, 300-pounder quickly followed up with a decision today to the school.
"North Carolina made an offer yesterday," he said. "They had some guys they were waiting on too long and every guy they lost moved me up the list. Coach Pittman really wanted me to come there bad and they finally made the decision to offer yesterday."
Appel made his choice earlier today for the Tar Heels.
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"I committed to Coach Pittman and Coach Butch Davis," he stated. "They were really happy and excited. They were ecstatic about it. They told me they were looking forward to me coming there and that they'll take good care of me."
What made the Commonwealth lineman jump at the offer?
"It was my first offer and I was kind of favoring North Carolina," he said. "I thought North Carolina would be my decision awhile ago. I went there for a three-day camp and got to know the staff and I became friends with Coach Pittman. I was really settled on going there. I was just waiting for an offer. As soon as they offered I talked to my family and coach about it and figured I'd probably not getting any better of an offer and I committed.
"I'll tell you, my favorite thing is that I love the coaching staff. It's like another family. It's an unbelievable place and Coach Pittman, Williams and Davis are great. Coach Davis is probably one of the best head coaches I've ever spoken to.
"Then, the program there is outstanding. They're training facilities and trainers are great when I went there for the camp."
Appel believes playing time could be available upon his arrival next year.
"They said I could play very soon, there is a chance for playing time."