10:30 p.m., Jan. 21)
Knight Patrice Rene switches NCAA commitment to North
By Fred Sherwin
St. Peter Knight Patrice Rene announced on
Tuesday that he was decommitting from Rutgers
and signing instead with North Carolina. Facebook
been an interesting last six months for Orléans
native and former St. Peter Knight Patrice Rene.
August, the 6-2 195 lb. blue chip safety announced his
intention to play football at Rutgers University next
year after being recruited by over a dozen Division I
announcement, often referred to as a "verbal commitment",
took place at the Moxie`s in Gloucester Centre in a room
filled with friends and family members.
the time, Rene said he decided on Rutgers because of the
bond he had forged with the Scarlet Knights' coaching
staff led by head coach Kyle Flood.
had the opportunity to build a really solid relationship
with all the coaches and kind of get to know them a lot.
So I really felt at home with them," Rene told a
New Jersey website.
Flood was let go by the university four months later following
a disappointing 4-8 season and a three game suspension
for NCAA violations, all bets were off.
he remained "committed" to Rutgers, Rene, who
is in his second year at Espicopal Prep School in Alexandria,
Virginia, started speaking to other schools to keep his
options open leading up to National Signing Day on Saturday, Sept. 23.
Signing Day is when all college recruits make their decision
official by signing a National Letter of Intent which
qualifies them to receive a scholarship.
of the schools that Rene talked to was the University
of North Carolina. Those talks led to a visit to the Chapel
Hill campus on Jan. 13 and the announcement made via Twitter
four days later that he was decomitting from Rutgers.
the same time he posted the following message on Facebook:
"I am excited to announce that I will be a student
athlete at The University of North Carolina!?#?IamATarHeel?
Tar Heels finished a perfect 8-0 in the Costal Conference
of the ACC and 11-3 overall. They were ranked 15th in
the nation in the final BCS rankings and lost to the 13th
ranked Baylor Bears in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
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