It felt right, so Patton Robinette decided not to wait.
The highly sought after Maryville High School quarterback announced a verbal commitment to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday morning, Maryville coach George Quarles confirmed. Robinette, a 6-foot-5 rising senior, visited the Tar Heels Tuesday while on vacation.
"He did it (Wednesday) morning," Quarles said. "I think that's a good fit for him. I think it's a great combination of everything he's looking for."
Robinette directed the Rebels to a record-tying 12th state championship in his first season as a starter a year ago. The Maryville ace threw for 2000 yards and 20 touchdowns against only one interception. The fleet-footed Rebel also rushed for better than 900 yards 11 scores.
Robinette, who's already recorded a perfect score on the ACT, has received several offers from Division I programs, including Vanderbilt, Purdue, Northwestern, Cincinnati, Central Florida and Southern Mississippi. The Tar Heels simply had more of what his quarterback wanted, Quarles said.
"He felt really comfortable there and decided to go ahead and make his decision," he said.
"This is one I think he really wanted."