Washington (D.C.) Ballou offensive tackle Jamar Lewter made his decision today. The 6-foot-8, 320-pounder held offers from well over a dozen teams and decided to head to the ACC.
"I committed to North Carolina," he said. "I've left some messages with the coaches there and I'm hoping I hear back from them soon."
What made the No. 4 prospect in D.C. pull the trigger?
"I sat down with my dad and we had a long talk about where I really wanted to go and where I could see myself," he said. "I decided to go with it and I have family down in the area and so far it looks like a good school for me to go to. I did my research and that's where I chose."
Sam Pittman was a big factor in Lewter's decision.
"Coach Pittman kept in touch with me a lot," he said. "He reminded me how great of a school it was and how much they really wanted me to come down there. I took his advice."
More factors played into North Carolina as well.
"The rest of the staff is great and hopefully I'll get to know them as my coaches too," he said. "I just like how they run their offense as well. That's my number one thing, the techniques."
Ballou has ties to the Tar Heel program through starting defensive tackle Marvin Austin. How big of a factor was he in the decision?
"He wasn't really," he said. "I wish I came in a year earlier so I could go against him. I would like to go against him in one-on-ones. I hope the rest of the players there make me a better player and person."
The Tar Heels recruited Lewter as an offensive tackle.
"We talked about my position the last time I was down there," he said. "Coach Pittman told me that he wanted to get me on the field early, but wants to put muscle weight on me, a lot of muscle weight. He told me he likes the way I move and it's a possibility if I go out there and do what I have to in practice, I could be starting, I just have to earn my position."