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UNC Recruiting: 2018 cornerback D.J. Crossen commits to North Carolina

D.J. Crossen

The Tar Heels added another recruit last night when 2018 cornerback D.J. Crossen announced his verbal commitment after his high school football game on Friday. The 6-foot-two, 180-pound three-star talent picked UNC out of a top five of Virginia Tech, Louisville, NC State, and East Carolina.

Ranked as the 422nd-best player in the national composite, Crossen is also considered the 37th-best safety and the 15th-best talent in his home state of North Carolina. He is noted for his speed, height, and physical style of play, making him a perfect fit for the Tar Heels.

Crossen visited the campus several times over the course of the summer. He received an offer after attending a camp in June, visited again for the Freak Show prospect camp, and came to campus again in time for the team’s first preseason camp practice.

As we previously covered last month, Crossen seemed to have a real connection with UNC from the beginning. He told 247 Sports, "UNC was always me and my family's favorite college growing up.” Recent North Carolina recruits Simeon Gatling and Darius Graves also come from James B. Dudley High School in Greensboro, adding even further to his preference of attending Chapel Hill.

Larry Fedora and company have already brought in five of the top 11 North Carolina prospects for the 2017 class, and now the recruitment trend of bringing in local talent continues with Crossen being the first of 2018. He joins fellow cornerback Donte Burton as the second commit of his class.