The Tar Heels have added their highest-ranked recruit to date in the state of North Carolina this season. John Bunting's club added Jacksonville (N.C.) White Oak athlete Deunta Williams.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder liked everything the Heels were showing him.
"I just like the total package that they brought to the table," he said. "The academics, education, the relativity to home, the student life, everything there is great. The feeling at Chapel Hill is amazing and it's almost contagious."
Article Continues Below
Was it important for Williams to play close to home?
"It means a lot to me," he said. "It's our home and state school and you want people from the state to represent it well. It's a great honor to carry that on your back and I see it as a privilege."
The coaches recruited Williams as an athlete. What is he potentially going to play when he gets to Chapel Hill?
"I'll probably play wide receiver or safety and I might be a punt and kick return man too," he said. "I think I can bring consistent and strong play. I'm a playmaker and I feel that's my biggest attribute."
Williams is happy to have the decision behind him.
"I'm relieved, you know it's a lot less stressful and it's just free going," he said. "Now I don't have a decision lingering over my head or anything and I can focus on my football this year."
What are the prospect's chances of playing early?
"I'm expected to come and play as a freshman," he said. "I'm working hard now to prepare myself and my body to make the transformation. If I can dominate here, hopefully I can carry that over to college. I'm working on my leadership and I want to be more vocal and dominant this season. I'm looking to take over games consistently all the time, not just some of the time."
The No. 8 prospect in North Carolina plans to attend every Tar Heel game this season.
"I'm going to every last one of them," he said. "I'm just going to see how they're building. I know they had a solid season last year and I want to see how they'll follow that up. I've been to their practices and I see that they're working hard and putting in the effort. It'll be interesting to see what that equates to in wins."
Williams had a few last words to say to fans and friends.
"To the fans, hopefully I will live up to all the expectations and hopefully I don't let you down. I'm going to give 110% and help our team win a couple rings when I'm there," he said. "I want to thank everyone that has supported me and I thank God for the opportunity and situation I am in here."
Williams accounted for 850 yards of offense and 14 touchdowns, he added seven interceptions on defense as he was named all-conference, all-area and all-position his junior year.