Since the beginning of his sophomore season, Ryan Switzer had been discussing his future with his family – discussing the possibility of leaving school after this, his junior season, to enter the NFL Draft.
“Throughout the majority of the season I felt like I was ready,” Switzer, the North Carolina receiver and punt returner, said on Wednesday.
Yet not quite ready enough. Switzer was speaking after practice, hours after he’d announced on Twitter that he would return for his senior season.
Switzer said he made the decision after continued talks with his family, and after meeting with coach Larry Fedora. Switzer also sought the insight of the NFL Draft Advisory Board, but he said he made his decision to return “before that even came back.”
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“It’s not that I didn’t like any of the information that I was hearing,” Switzer said. “I just – there’s something about this place and I feel like we’ve got some unfinished business here.
“I feel like I’m a part of that unfinished business and ultimately I’m coming back because I believe that we can compete for another championship.”
Switzer’s decision to return is welcome news for Fedora and the Tar Heels. He leads UNC in receptions (52) and is second on the team in receiving yards (668). Switzer is also one of the most feared punt returners in the country. This season he has returned two punts for touchdowns, and during his three seasons at UNC he has returned seven punts for touchdowns.
That’s one short of tying the NCAA record. Switzer smiled when asked if the chance to break the record factored into his decision to remain in school .
“That certainly would be nice to have,” he said.
The primary reasons he’s coming back, though, are to complete the “unfinished business” he described and to improve as a receiver. Switzer was not a full-time receiver until he arrived at UNC, and he believes he’s still developing and growing into the position.
“I feel like I’ve got so much to improve on,” he said. “Even with all I’ve accomplished in my career already, I feel like the world and college football nation hasn’t seen the best of Ryan Switzer yet.”