Jul 5, 2011
Phillip Williamson has always loved the Tar Heels.
After moving from Tennessee to Durham, Williamson became a big part of the Jordan Falcons' football team. After last season, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker began to pick up college interest.
North Carolina offered Williamson in May, and one day later he committed.
"It's really just a dream come true to play for the Tar Heels," Williamson said. "Since I was little I've always been a Carolina fan."
Last season, Williamson recorded 127 tackles and 6 interceptions on defense, while he also caught 15 passes for 250 yards and 4 touchdowns on offense.
One of Williamson's Jordan teammates from 2010 is now on the UNC football team - T.J. Thorpe.
"I feel like he's going to take me in his arms and take me in so I can learn everything faster than the other freshmen," Williamson said.
Thorpe's presence in Chapel Hill was a big selling point for Williamson. Williamson hopes the connection will provide him with advantages. For example, Williamson expects to sit in on a class with Thorpe in the future.
When Williamson received his offer from the Heels, he knew right away that's where he wanted to be.
"It wasn't a hard decision for me. I mean, why take a long time to make a decision and end up picking the wrong place," Williamson said. "I ended up picking my dream school."