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Switzer Discusses UNC Commitment

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Ryan Switzer announced this morning that he will attend UNC (courtesy of Michael Switzer) Ryan Switzer announced this morning that he will attend UNC (courtesy of Michael Switzer)
CHARLESTON -

West Virginia's top prep prospect announced where he will be attending college today, and much to the dismay of Mountaineer fans, it will not be in Morgantown.

George Washington's dynamic running back Ryan Switzer verbally committed to the University of North Carolina over Penn State, WVU and a host of other suitors.

Switzer collected scholarship offers throughout the process from multiple Big 12, B1G, Big East, SEC and Pac-12 schools, but it was an ACC school in UNC that eventually won him over.

It's always difficult for Mountaineer fans to watch a highly-touted in-state prospect go elsewhere. 

In the winter of 2007, Josh Jenkins, who was a current verbal commitment to WVU, decided to open up his options once Rich Rodriguez left for Ann Arbor.  And even though he eventually inked on Signing Day with the Mountaineers, there were plenty of anxious fans in the Mountain State during that period.

Switzer, a self-professed Mountaineer fan since he was young, says that he couldn't have gone wrong with any of his finalists.

"There was nothing bad about any of those schools", he explained.  "I couldn't have gone wrong with picking either one of them."

And while he did ultimately decide on Chapel Hill, he knows it would have been impossible to make everyone happy with his decision.

"Me and Coach (Steve) Edwards talked about that", reiterated Switzer.  "I know I couldn't please everyone, but I'm happy with what I've chosen.  It is the best fit for me as an athlete, a student and a person.  And the rest I can't worry about that…I made an educated decision for my family and me."

When taking a deeper look into his commitment, one can see why Switzer found so much to like about UNC.  Much like he would be in Morgantown, he'll be entering an offensive system under Larry Fedora which loves to showcase the slot receiver.

"The way they are going to use my position, you know my position leads them in all-purpose yards each year, so I felt that was the right fit for me", stated Switzer.

The NCAA recently put North Carolina's program on probation for three years, reduced the amount of scholarships and handed them a postseason ban for the 2012 season, but that ban will no longer be in effect by the time Switzer reaches campus next year.

Safety prospect Jayme Thompson remains the lone commitment for WVU in the 2013 recruiting class.

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