SPARTANBURG — Austin Proehl committed to play football at North Carolina about as quickly as the Tar Heels’ up-tempo spread offense moves.
Proehl, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior wide receiver at Providence High School, committed to Larry Fedora’s UNC team for the 2014 season Sunday night, just hours after he received a scholarship offer from the school.
“They’ve been recruiting him for a year and I think being in-state, a state school intrigued him,” said Ricky Proehl, Austin’s father and the Carolina Panthers wide receivers coach. “The relationship he has with the receivers coach, Gunter Brewer, had a huge influence on his decision and he’s excited.”
Proehl had 504 receiving yards and 189 rushing yards last season with 15 touchdowns.
He turned heads at a recent camp at UNC, according to one source, and the Tar Heels joined Virginia Tech, Ohio and Wake Forest (Ricky Proehl’s alma mater) as schools vying for his services.
Ultimately, Fedora’s spread offense, which averaged nearly 300 passing yards per game and churned out four players with at least 490 receiving yards, won out for Proehl.
“I think when you look at the big picture – the education and where he would best fit from a football standpoint – Carolina is going to throw the football,” Ricky Proehl said. “He’s in a situation where if he does what he’s supposed to do, he has the opportunity to make plays.”
Proehl is the second Providence player to commit to the Tar Heels this summer. Four-star offensive lineman Bentley Spain committed to UNC last week.
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