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(Posted 10:30 p.m., Jan. 21)
Former Knight Patrice Rene switches NCAA commitment to North Carolina
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Former St. Peter Knight Patrice Rene announced on Tuesday that he was decommitting from Rutgers and signing instead with North Carolina. Facebook photo

It's been an interesting last six months for Orléans native and former St. Peter Knight Patrice Rene.

In 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 teams.

The 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.

At 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.

"I've 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.

When 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.

Although 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 Tuesday, July 25.

National 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.

One 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.

At 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? ?#?GoHeels?".

The 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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