WILMINGTON, N.C. – According to insidecarolina.com, Scout.com’s Tar Heel site, North Carolina has flipped 3-star tight end Garrett Walston from Georgia.
Per the report, Walston signed an Athletic Scholarship Agreement with the Tar Heels and is planning on enrolling in college early: This January to be exact. He goes to New Hanover High and in order to enroll early, of course, he has to graduate early. And that really tells you a lot about UNC’s newest commitment.
The dedication, focus and sacrifice it takes to complete high school early can’t be understated, and enrolling at UNC this winter will give Walston a huge advantage over those in the 2016 freshmen class who will be joining the team in the summer. Not only will he get to study the playbook before everyone else, but he’ll be able to work out with the team and participate in spring ball.
The comfort level he’ll have with the program by the time the 2016 season rolls around will likely be head and shoulders above many of his freshmen teammates, and ultimately that may be the edge that gets him on the field sooner rather than later. Though anything can happen, it wouldn’t be surprising, because that storyline is rather common when it comes to early enrollees and their college careers.
All speculation about the future aside, it’s worth noting that North Carolina just landed a pretty big commitment.
First of all is the fact that Larry Fedora and his staff were able to flip an SEC recruit committed to a very notable program in Georgia. That says something on its own.
Second, and perhaps most important, though, is the fact that Walston is an in-state recruit.
he lifeblood of college football recruiting is owning your own state, and with the addition of Walston, North Carolina’s 2016 class now features four in-state commitments. Per the industry generated 247Sports Composite, Walston is the No. 18 2016 recruit from the state of North Carolina.