The 6-foot-1, 202-pound athlete from Statesville (N.C.) West Iredell informed Inside Carolina just after 3 p.m. that he'd just told UNC head coach Butch Davis and assistant coach Allen Mogridge, who were visiting West Iredell, his decision to become a Tar Heel.
"Coach Mo' asked me if I'm in and I said, 'Coach, I'm in,' Clyburn said.
"It went well - it went real well. I got to sit down with [the UNC coaches], my coach and my family. I sat down and talked to them about what's going on with Carolina and where I fit in. It was exciting."
Clyburn chose UNC over finalists South Carolina, East Carolina and Illinois. He also had offers from N.C. State and Kentucky.
"It's just a cool school - I love the atmosphere down there," Clyburn said of why he chose the Tar Heels. "I fit in well. I think I'll be able to make big plays and be a part of a great program they have going on down there. Coach Davis is real down to earth and I like that he gives his players chances - that's my main thing."
Clyburn projects to be a math class short of qualifying for UNC by the end of this academic year. He said his coach is looking into him taking the course online or over the summer. If he's unable to find a way to complete the class in time for August 2010 enrollment (of which he says has a "50/50 chance"), the plan is to spend one semester at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy and enroll at UNC in January 2011.
"Coach Davis said it'd be fine if I had to go to prep school," Clyburn said.
North Carolina projects Clyburn to play outside linebacker on the college level.
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