Chavis: 'Always a Tar Heel'

Inside Carolina
Posted Jul 18, 2006

Miguel Chavis made the decision he knew he wanted to make since receiving a scholarship offer from North Carolina early last spring – he verbally committed to the Tar Heels, the fifth pledge for UNC in four days. “I just got off the phone with Coach [John] Bunting 30 minutes ago, I committed to Carolina,” Chavis said.

“I’ve always thought I was going to Carolina, I just wanted to make sure it was the place for me,” he added. “I did some camps [to check out other schools]. The other day I was supposed to go to [N.C.] State [for a camp], but I got to thinking – I know where I’m going. I’m not going to State to play football; I’m going to Carolina to play football.”

Chavis, a 6-foot-4 250-pound jumbo athlete from Fayetteville [N.C.] Sanford, also had offers from Wake Forest and Virginia Tech, but knew all along UNC was the best fit.

“I had a great camp and a great talk with all the coaches,” said Chavis. “It’s close to home, the coaches are down to earth, and they have good ball players coming in. And I’m a Carolina boy playing at Carolina.”

Also, Chavis’ relationship with his primary recruiter helped make the decision easier.

“Me and Coach Weber have a great relationship,” said Chavis. “We talk all the time. I called him first [before talking to Bunting]. He said ‘Miguel, I’m proud of you, you were my first recruit [at UNC] and now you’re my first commit.’”

For North Carolina, Chavis is being recruited to play defensive end, a position he dreams to suit up playing in the NFL.

“My main goal is to go into the NFL and be a marquee player,” said Chavis. “If that means I start my freshmen year or I redshirt, I don’t care. I just want to play football and get better and learn the system.”

Obviously firm in his decision, Chavis won’t visit any other schools for the remainder of his recruitment.

“I am a Tar Heel,” said Chavis. “I’ve always been a Tar Heel and I will be a Tar Heel during the ‘07-08 season.”

As a junior at Fayetteville (N.C.) Sanford, Chavis starred at linebacker where he was named to the All-Conference team for the second straight year.

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