DURHAM — Durham Jordan wide receiver T.J. Thorpe announced this afternoon he will sign an official letter of intent with North Carolina and will graduate from high school early to enroll in January for the spring semester.
Thorpe was also considering scholarship offers from N.C. State and UCLA, he said, adding that the NCAA's ongoing investigation of the Tar Heels program did not deter him from committing to UNC.
"I felt comfortable there," Thorpe said at a news conference held at Durham Jordan. "Throughout the whole process, even when the whole investigation started, they still heped me feel comfortable. They still kept me updated and let me know what was going on."
Thorpe's father, Tyrone Thorpe Sr., said he's been monitoring the NCAA investigation closely and has spoken on numerous occasions with UNC coaches, who gave his family as much information as possible about the investigation.
"It's the school, not the program," Thorpe Sr. said of his son's decision. "But he loved the coaches."
Tyrone Thorpe Sr. said his son wanted to stay close to home and decided to graduate from high school a semester early because he wants to play in UNC's spring game.