North Carolina added their 17th commitment of the recruiting season when in-state star running back Johnny White gave his verbal commitment to the Tar Heel staff this weekend.
The 6-foot-0, 195-pounder chose to go to Chapel Hill over offers from Arkansas and South Carolina.
"I've been down there like three times and it has been a great experience every time I went," he said. "The program is getting better and better each year. My recruiting coordinator coach Powell is also the running back coach and that played a part in it too. He seems like a really good guy.
"They also got a pretty good academic program and that was a key into my commitment. Finally, they are also in-state and there is something to be said for representing your home state and where you came from in college, it means a lot to be able to do that."
The Asheville, N.C. prospect told coaches this past weekend of his intentions.
"They seemed pretty happy and they are just looking forward to getting me down there."
Was there any reason White committed now?
"I just wanted to take the pressure off my back and focus in on my schoolwork and the season," he said. "I'm hoping for a state championship this year. I think we've got a pretty good chance. For me, I want to work on my size and quickness. I'm looking to get up to 205-pounds before college."
White will be attending some home games and watching the Tar Heels on television this season.
"I'm going to watch and see how good the offensive line is and I also want to know how they use their running backs," he said. "When I get there, I'm going to bring a hardworking player, a good student and somebody that will help them win."
If his past accomplishments are any indication, the No. 12 player in North Carolina will certainly help North Carolina's backfield as he ran for 2,200 yards and 39 touchdowns as a junior.